EVERY school has it's flaws. However, I hear a lot of positive things about this school throughout the community. My son is in pre-K3 (1/2 a day) and daughter is in pre-K4. My daughter's pre-K4 teacher appears to be very experienced and has been teaching over 25 yrs but my son's teacher is the opposite and seems inexperienced but willing to be patient with the kids ages and short attention-spans. Their hiring criteria seems questionable. I have seen a few little kids with dirty noses but they seem to clean them once they see them. I have experienced unorganized business practices...way too many forms to complete, staff coming in late, and a required medication form left out during enrollment. I won't and can't discredit the school yet. It's only been 2 weeks. I will comment again after the end of the year.
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My daughter attends Pre-K, this is her second year. I've found this school to be amazing! I love it, the staff is kind and courteous and the education is thus far unmatched! I believe in education to its fullest and am a major part of my daughter's life. I attend all field trips (sometimes being the only parent) so I know first hand what teachers have to deal with; apparently most of the negative parents writing reviews are those with the "unruly" children. If you don't discipline your one or two children, what makes you believe someone else will discipline 30 children??? Education starts at home, school only ASSISTS in YOU educating YOUR children! I love AW Brown and am glad my daughter is apart of it. The school provides a survey every 6 weeks with report cards and I take the time to fill it out and comment if I need to. I've noticed some of my suggestions have been implemented. They do listen if you voice your concerns. I have much experience working with children; and the AW Brown way is one of a kind.
A W Brown is an exemplary school, but this lottery process I feel is not fair to your students, who has attended the school for the past 2 yrs. We receive a letter in the mail advising his or her parent (s) a week or three days before school is out that they will not be able to return for the next fall session I don't think you are looking at the child's best interest in addition the to short notice. I know we are all suffering from the economy with budget cuts in every walk of life, but wouldn't it have been much easier to hire more teachers to accommodate the kindergarteners for the school year rather than sending children away. In response from the school we was told that the lottery itself is performed by random computer program. Overall the staff needs improvement BAD!!
These parents are right on track. Poor teacher quality, young black boys are made to feel inferior, too many church members and relatives, and very little social studies and science, the dreams this school started out with have been lost. It's a shame.
I thought that A.W.Brown was the best school that my son could ever attend. He has been in this school since Kindergarden. What I have come to find is that some of the teachers are very timid, not patient and quick to send the kids to the principal's office. By this being an elementary school, I feel as though you should want to each at this level, which means that you have to accept getting ready to be very patient with the students. I don't think that the anticipation is there when it comes to our young boys. They energy level, as well as their intelligence is underrated at this school and the teachers, as well as the staff, are quick to write them off as being unteachable. Apparently being innovative is not a qualification for being a teacher for young black boys.
I think it is sad that my child is going to jr high next year and hasnt been taught social studies or how to write in cursive....all they care about is the Taks test...
teacher quality has really decreased....too many church and family members teaching with no certifications. Too many put downs and/or insults to children..
This is my child's first year and I think this is a great school with a lot of positivity. I have had some challenges with parent/teacher communication but the teachers and staff I have dealt with so far are genuinely caring. I am a strong believer in parent/teacher communication.
I can't believe a Pre-K teacher actually told her students to shut up. If that was truely the caseandyou witnessed it why didn't you approach the teacher or any adminstrator to address that matter. I find that the staff is very approachable and they will take action if deemed unacceptable. One thing that should be remembered is teachers are human, too. If some parents would actually parent their students and teach them to respect (obey) authority situations such as what you seem to have witnessed would not arise. We as parents should be supportive and not critical to our children's education.
I was very disappointed with the PreK school. In my opinion, it is very overrated. The staff and some teachers are very, very rude to the parents and children as well. I saw a teacher tell her students to shut up and shut their mouths. Any professional should know that you don't talk to anyone like that. They make you feel so unwelcome to the school. I would suggest that Mr. Brown hire more professional people instead of his church members with their you are beneath me attitudes. Any school can give the kids a lot of homework, which is all they seem to do. They don't have the decency to even help the small kids wipe their noses or tie their shoes.
My child attened a private school out of state and this 'excellent school' doesn't remotely compare. The teachers are just doing a job. The teachers are not following thru with correspondance that I, the parent, initiate. But Ms. Edingberg is awesome. That's the only class and teacher my child likes. My child learns in her class and talks about what he learns all the time. If you talk with her, she loves children, loves to teach, and realizes that each child learns differently! She's an asset. As far as my child, I'm looking for a new school, after waiting a year to get in and now ready to go after 3 months of classes. See how they treat you, then imagine how your child is being treated. One leads by example.
I believe A.W. Brown is a good school however, the school needs to learn how to conduct business properly. My child is receiving a great education but I'm having to work to hard as a parent because the business aspect of the school is horrible!
The leaders and administrative staff exemplify their mission statement with excellence towards the goal of nourturing their students w modeled examples academically, environmental, and personal commitment w an obvious Christian perspective. They incorporate many studies and projects that invite family interaction with rewards to the students participating. This is truly a healthy learning experience beyond any I have encountered.
Great school. If you don't like to have to put work into your child's education, find another school. Lots of homework to reinforce what is being learned in class. Class sizes are getting larger, but no larger than what is common in public schools. I know because I teach public school. The difference is that A.W. Brown teachers care about their students and have a wonderful dicipline policy in place so the larger class sizes are manageable. This is a top notch school for parents who want to be involved in their child's education. If you are a parent who feels the education and well-being of your child is 100% the responsibility of the teacher, don't even waste your time. My only regret is that once he goes to jr. high he will have to leave. This is a wonderful school with a vision to see our children become amazing people.
I think A. W. Brown is an excellent school academically and they have an excellent staff. My daughter has been at A. W Brown since third grade and is currently in sixth grade. I would recommend this school to others. As far as extra curricular activities, I don't think the students should have to audition to sing in the choir and the girls on the basketball team should all be treated fairly.
My child, a first grader accepted into A.W. Brown Fellowship Charter School has been truly a blessing. The curriculum is comparable to the surrounding Private schools in the area. The only difference is my child is receiving this top-notch education for free. What is truly awesome is that A.W. Brown gives hope to children living in high-risk Dallas communities as well as children living in middle class communities. The A.W. Brown students are empowered and inspired to succeed. The collaborative efforts of the teachers, the administration and parents are the key. I highly recommend this school to everyone!
Since being enrolled at AW Brown, my child's learning has greatly increased. She rarely comes home confused about the day's assignments. It is much more work, but better structured and realistic to accomplish in an evening. I appreciate the school's strategic goals and can visualize my child's future success.
Great school. great teaching. They still allow our children to pray.
AWBFCS is not perfect because it is operated by people who are inherently imperfect. The most compelling question is this: does the school serve its purpose? Read the mission statement and you'll discover the answer is an unequivocal 'yes'
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