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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 1,002
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12009 Buckingham Gate Road
Austin, TX 78748

(512) 841-7100
(512) 841-7104
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November 04, 2014
I have been consistently and thoroughly impressed with the teachers, curriculum, principal and facilities at Baranoff. My wife and I wanted the family to live in a neighborhood with great schools - mission accomplished so far. My son is in 5th grade currently, and his overall experience here has clearly helped prepare him for middle school. Also, the extracurriculars are wonderful - great experiences with Student Council, Peer Mediation, Safety Patrol. Baranoff Elementary is great and Principal Purvis is a real gem.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
Baranoff is a great community school. The teachers are dedicated and there is a large amount of parent involvement. School is over capacity but they seem to make it work and kids have a great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
This school is excellent. I've got two kids there and they love it. The teachers are top notch and they are learning and reading way above their grade levels. So far, we've had Ms. Trevino (outstanding and kind), Ms. Perez (just enough strict mixed with an excellent work ethic and kind), Ms. Guilette (love this woman, so good with special needs), Ms. Mitchell (very kind, but great work ethic), and Mr. Ugalde (really gets the most out of the learning experience, awesome). The parents are very involved and are encouraged to be so. You can't go wrong with this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
WE moved into the neighborhood so my son could attend Baranoff and track to Bowie High School. Baranoff Elementary is about involvement; students, teachers school administrators and parents. Working together our children get a quality education. The teachers are great and work with the students. The administration works to keep the school at a high quality level. This is my son's fifth year and we couldn't be happier with his education. To be honest, I didn't think that AISD had a school above average, I was wrong. We had a small "bump" in the road and it was ironed out by speaking with the principal and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2011
Baranoff Elementary School is such a wonderful school! I can't say enough about it, really. My children have grown and blossomed in so many ways through the remarkable efforts of the tremendous teaching staff. I'm amazed at how dedicated the staff is to providing a learning environment that is focused and caring at the same time. Each year my children have been placed with a teacher who has been able to encourage and stretch them in so many ways that my children themselves are surprised by what they have learned and what they can do. I do not think Baranoff is perfect, but I do think that the willingness to try new things and approaches says much about how involved and invested the administration is to making it a top school in Austin. The willingness to hear new ideas and feedback from parents is commendable.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
This is an amazing school with a very caring staff and wonderful teachers. I have multiple children at Baranoff with very different needs. Every year we get all of our needs met, and then some, whether it be in the gifted program or the reading program with tutoring. The teachers always go the extra mile in helping all children excel. The staff are helpful and willing to lend a hand when you have questions. The more our family gets involved at Baranoff, the more we realize what a special and unique community this school offers. Baranoff teachers and staff are the best!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
This year will be my eighth year as a parent of a student at Baranoff and I have to say we have enjoyed every year. My two children have very different personalities and educational needs and both have been taken care of impeccably. We have had great teachers who are supported by an amazing administration that takes the time and energy to assure each and every child gets the education that best suits their needs. You hear everyday that the quality of public education is going down each and every year, I can say that this is not the case at Baranoff, the staff, administration and parents strive every hour of everyday to make it the best possible environment for learning and they have succeeded in accomplishing just that.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
The principal is horrendous and I am thrilled my child will no longer be attending this school. My child was accused of being a bully by a bully and her father, and the principal promised all sorts of investigations and reports that she would give to us, then she promptly "dropped" us and gave us nothing. I would not be surprised if she was related to that child and her father. I did report her to the Ombudsman with AISD, and I stand by my complaint. The girl who reported my daughter was involved in another incident with another child before, and that girl ended up with a broken wrist. If you have any choice at all, run, run the other way and go to a different school, at least until this inept principal leaves or is fired.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
Our family has been thrilled with our son's education at Baranoff. He was in private school for 3 years, and then we enrolled him at Baranoff since it has an excellent reputation. We have yet to be dissatisfied! Prior to being accepted into the gifted and talented math program, his teacher recognized his above average abilities in math, and she took it upon herself to structure his math lessons in a manner that challenged him. He is now in the GT program and doing great! We gave been very impressed by the principal and vice-principal's constant communication about all the happenings of the school. The teachers they hire have been exemplary too! There is a ton of parental involvement on all levels, and the PTA works their tails off to ensure a great place for all the students. Baranoff consistently maintains exemplary status through TEA, and as a family, we can see why. Baranoff will not dissappoint you. I am confused by some of the negative comments posted here.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
Baranoff is a great school and my child had a great 3rd grade year. However, I am concerned about some of the parent involvement. I was actually called by one of the classmate's moms to discuss the teacher and get my opinion on issues. My child was very successful and I am concerned this one overbearing parent is negatively affecting the teacher's credibility. I wish the school administrators would put a stop to this type of interference. Perhaps her son didn't have a great year but I know all of the kids in the class loved the teacher.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
My daughter just started kindergarten this year at Baranoff and she has learned so much. She's already reading second grade level books and has learned so much about science. Her teacher is always willing to discuss about her progress in class and very accessible. Parents are very much involve in daily classroom activities as well as other main school events. The school really encourages parents to get involve in daily teaching/learning process. We're very happy with the school and her home room teacher. Baranoff deserves an A+ for overall rating.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
Coming from another state I have been shocked at the non-existent gifted and talented programs for our children in the Austin ISD, especially the elementary school system. It is sad that the schools can support the children with learning disablities but not the ones with higher IQs. As soon as possible I will leave this school and Austin ISD.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2009
Baranoff is a great school, but for kids who are below in there grade level, it takes a while to the red tape going at this school. My first son now in 4th had leavring difficulites from K thru 2nd and he got the extra tutoring he needed and did great on teh TAKS I did not like the fact that they did not give them certificate or medals as they told he kids they would...my son got all A's and all 4's on behavior so he received the principal's award...But my youngest son will go thru the same way my oldest did and hopefully by the time he takes the TAKS in 3 yrs he will be where his brother was.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 07, 2009
I was very disappointed in the 5th Grade awards cermony this year. When all year long all we hear about is TAKS testing and then students who worked hard to get commended are not allowed to be recognized. Students were honored with the principal and presidential awards for getting all A's and 4's but couldn't be recognized for making commended on the TAKS scores. Last year the explanation was because it would make the children that didn't receive commended feel bad. Being recognized for all A's and 4's doesn't make the children who only received A's and B's or no A's al all not feel bad about themselves. I think this is a double standard.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 03, 2009
Baranoff is wonderful....great teachers especially Mrs. Perez for 1st grade. She is excellent--very caring and loving and knowledgeable. My son loves it here and I see he has learned so much for one year. I'm very impressed with this school and I'm so excited that my second son will join next Fall. Thanks to all the staff at Baranoff, you all really make a difference in the lives of the children that attend here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2009
Unfortunately, TAKS scores drive the funding train instead of traditional, relevant reasons to educate children. The leadership and priorities of the system must be overhauled at every level.

- submitted by a teacher
April 17, 2009
I have to agree with all the parents out there stating that Baranoff is an elementary school for kids that don't have any issues whatsoever. My son does not have any learning disabilities, but we were constantly made to feel like he did and we felt pressured to the point where we finally took him out of public school and put him in a private school. Not surprisingly, he has been on the Honor Roll all this year with all A's, plus has earned Citizenship Awards, spelling awards, to name a few. Now, who has the problem here? Seems pretty cut and dried to me.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2008
I am surprised by the last comment. My child has learning needs and I have met with both the new Assistant Principal and Principal and they have genuinely listened to my concerns. In fact, the school will have his assessed for learning disabilities. Baranoff also just had a PTA guest speaker on learning disabilities.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2008
Baranoff is one of those schools that is fine if your child does not have any learning, cognitive, or emotional issues, or in fact, issues of any type. Otherwise, forget it, they don't want to deal with you because it takes energy away from their precious exemplary rating. There is a lot more that makes a school exemplary than TAKS scores, and Baranoff does not have it!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
My child went to Baranoff for 5 years and he received an excellent education. He was in the GT program and makes 100% on the TAKS every year. I feel he was challenged as a student but that they could have even better programs for GT. And when I did encounter a problem I felt that they wanted to blame the child when it was the teachers fault. No school wants to admit they are doing anything wrong and they protect eachother. They did get my problems resolved and it's a better school for it. I am about to enroll another child in this school with no hesitation. It's a great school with mostly great teachers. Remember, they are the one's with your child every day.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
I agree with other reviewers that the school is good as long as your child fits within the mainstream at grade level. If they are above grade level or accelerated in any way, it has been very difficult to have a curriculum adjustment for them. My child is a GT student but I can't for the life of me figure out how he receives extra or additional guidance to help improve his skills, logic ability, appreciation beyond normal classroom skills, etc. And, I have been told many times that my child is mis-behaving... something most elementary age kids do when they are bored!! There is parental involvement at the school but it seems very hard as a working parent to find a good way to engage.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2007
The teachers expect every child to be exactly the same. If your child is in any way different from the rest of the children in his/her class, expect them to be treated as though they have issues. These teacher don't seem to have the skills to work with children who may have learning or other disabilities. They also lack knowledge of new or creative techniques. I am led to believe that there is no ongoing training available to these teachers due to their lack in capability to work with others who are not just like them. The atmosphere is not very culturally diverse and you can feel this as soon as you walk onto the school grounds. As soon as I can, I plan on getting my child out of this terrible school. Very disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2006
The Baranoff staff pressures kids like crazy to get their Exemplary status. And the parents are super competitive.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2006
If your child falls out of the 'normal' box then approach Baranoff very carefully. It is very easy to be left out of your child's educational loop. My child was just above average but felt I was just banging my head against Baranoff's wall when I tried to get the school to offer him a more challenging program. I was told he did not qualify for the GT program at Baranoff but 61 days after moving him to a charter school he is reading 4 grade levels ahead and every other subject is he working a full grade level ahead. This charter school is not ideal but better academically. I just wish Baranoff could have served his academic needs instead of pushing him aside for what I felt like laziness and fiscal shrewdness. My kid fell through the cracks, please make sure yours does not if they go here.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
Dedicated teachers who really care about my child as a learner.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
Although the school is relatively new, the teachers are very experienced and the school is very organized. Everyone seems very motivated!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
Mrs. Purvis is in the middle of her first year at Baranoff. She took over leadership from Mrs. Sansom, the founding principal. Although faced with some big shoes to fill, Mrs. Purvis has risen to the occasion and has made the transition gracefully. She has been very supportive of our son, who needed some special needs at the onset of the year. His second grade teacher has been equally wonderful - professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. What could have been a horrible experience for him, through their professionalism, has turned into a real success.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2006
Baranoff is a wonderful school with caring teachers who want to help their students succeed. Parental involvement is very high.

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August 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
My daughter has a love of art, and as public school systems have notariously had their funding limited for these types of considered 'extra-curricular' subjects, I was very pleasantly surprised by Baranoff Elementary's strong art program. At any time I have been to the school, the halls are teaming with the fabulous artistic efforts of the students. Of course, this takes the time and considered efforts of the teachers. Truly all of my daughter's teachers seem to make efforts to ensure the students have a well-rounded educational experience. You can hear many rants about the public school system, and I realize their are problems but at Baranoff it seems that they are truly making the most of what they have and the effort shows as you walk the halls. Kudos!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
Very disappointed with our school - so much so that we are leaving. There is NO GT program to speak of (regardless of what the VP tell you) and the kids watch entirely too much television. There are many wonderful parents and volunteers at Baranoff and I'm sure there are really great teachers, however, the school is rated exemplary because it pulls from a great pool of genes - not because of anything the administration is doing. These kids are smart because their parents are involved. I feel like this school is a glorified babysitting service. So disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2004
I've have been extremely happy with Baranoff Elementary. One of my children went 1st - 5th grade and the school fully prepared her for middle school at which she is excelling. My second child is still at Baranoff and we are very pleased with his teachers. They truly care about each student and give their all! The amount of parent participation/volunteerism is wonderful and truly helps make the school what it is!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2004
As a parent I was shocked that the principal at Baranoff has no problem hiring uncertified teachers. My child's teacher last year was not certified and did not have a degree in anything related to Elementary Education. She was not the only teacher at the school like this. After being lied to about the experience this teacher had, any trust or faith I had in this school was lost. Needless to say, my child will not return to a school where the administration feels they have the right to lie to parents about the people teaching their children.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
The last 18 days of school were incredible. After several requests we were finally allowed to move our son at the very end of the school year from one kindgergarten class another. Ms. Shira saved the entire year. She is the example of a loving, nuturing teacher that truly loves her job. We've always known that a parent can shape a child's future but I never realized how a teacher has just as much impact. Thank goodness we were able to move our son and salvage what was a horrible kindergarten experience. The successes our child experienced in only 3 weeks proved we were right all along. I only wish our voices had been heard sooner.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
Baranoff is a wonderful school. It has earned an 'Exemplary Rating' every year since the school opened. The Principal and Assistant Principal have done an outstanding job of maintaining high academic standards, employing high quality teachers, and making the school have a warm open door feeling of community. Their leadership coupled with its fine staff, makes Baranoff run smooth and parents are well informed of events, school-related information, and feedback on their child's academics. There is overwhelming resources both in volunteerism and financial support that has helped Baranoff gain the reputation as one of the best elementary schools in the district. Baranoff offers many opportunities for students to get involved both inside and outside the classroom. Baranoff gives faculty, students, and parents a feeling of unity. This unity makes everyone feel connected to their child's education and future success.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2004
Timy Baranoff Elementary is an exemplary school because of the knowledgeable, loving faculty and staff. There is a wonderful sense of community at Baranoff. Everyone is treated equally and encouraged to truly become a participant in their child's education. All three of my children will attend Baranoff and our experience with the school has been nothing but positive. When your children wake up ready for and excited about going to school -- that says it all!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2004
Baranoff is a wonderful school. We have five children who have attended the school. The teachers are absolutely fabulous. We have not had one teacher I would not recommend. I love the opportunities for parent involvement and the great leadership this school provides. We feel blessed every morning to send our children to a nurturing, caring, and educational environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2004
Both of my children started at Baranoff and have had great experiences with their teachers. My son is in kinder. and had a little trouble with his grades in the beginning, but after a conference with his teacher and our help, his grades improved. My daughter started the first year at Baranoff with the same teacher and is now in fourth grade. Both my children have had supportive and experienced teachers. Great job Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Gola!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2004
Both of my children have attended Baranoff since it opened and we have loved it! Each teacher, no matter their personality, has brought out the best in my son and daughter. They are an exceptional group. The Special Area teachers have been excellent and have provided fun, learning experiences. The principal runs a tight ship and expects a great deal from each teacher, but that allows us to receive an 'Exemplary' rating each year and for the students to participate in many activities like Choir, Student Council, Marathon Kids and Reflections that never were a part of our education at our previous school. My son is now in Middle School and he was so well prepared when he left elementary school for the academic challenges that lay ahead. I can honestly say that we have not had a bad experience with any teacher at Baranoff! Bravo!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2004
I moved my son to Baranoff, his home school, last year and have been very happy with the level of education he has received. His teachers are caring and knowledgable. The school runs like clockwork and is very well kept. Even the special area teachers rock! I am a teacher, and I know what considerable effort on a teacher's part looks like. For the most part, all Baranoff teachers fit that bill. In fact, I am a Kindergarten teacher at Baranoff, and proud of it. I work with a wonderful team of Kindergarten teachers. We all put in long hours and a great deal of thought into what we do. I am so thankful that my son's teachers approach education in the same manner. I really don't think it gets better than Baranoff, both as a parent and a teacher.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2004
My daughter is in 3rd grade now and has attended Baranoff since kindergarten.She has had a wonderful school experience and has been fortunate enough to not only nurtured by her teachers and the other Baranoff staff. One example, she forgot her lunch money, I was out of town, I tried calling the cafeteria and got their voice mail. I then called the office in a panic, and the new clerk that I had only met twice, offered to take care of my dilemma. This is just one of the many examples that I could give about the wonderful and caring staff at Baranoff.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2004
Even after the pressures of opening a new school in a neighborhood that loved it's old school, the principal and staff have done a wonderful job with students. I spend 20 - 30 hours a week volunteering in the school, and see on a day-to-day basis the work that's done there. I truly believe that the staff, teachers and volunteers truly care about the students in all aspects. It's been a wonderful experience, one I hate to leave behind me.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2004
My child's kindergarten experience has been horrible. One bad teacher can ruin a child's experience, and can be particularly damaging during the first year of public school. The administration has been very slow to react, no matter how many parents come forward.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2003
Excellent elementary school. Staff is fantastic, parents are very involved. Can't say enough about the quality of the education and experience my children are receiving!

- submitted by a parent
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Baranoff Elementary School
12009 Buckingham Gate Road, Austin, TX  78748
(512) 841-7100
Last modified Baranoff Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Baranoff Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top