The teachers, staff and principals are FABULOUS however there are three large low income/section 8 housing units that feed into this school and it has brought too much behavioral and disciplinary issues. Teachers are overwhelmed with students who can barely speak english let alone perform at the required grade level. My child will be transferring to a different school next year. The staff is amazing and we love them however the school environment is not healthy and safe.
There seems to be very little parental involvement at the school. The administrative staff seems good, but I worry that the kids aren't learning. One of my children used to love school and now hates going, due mostly to bullying (and I mean real, physical bullying, not just normal "kids being kids") and misbehavior. It is a low SES environment, which may contribute. There also seems to be difficulty in teacher retention.
I had to drop some paper work for the principal last spring about 3:30 in the afternoon. The woman in the office was very unfriendly--I thanked her anyway and just got a "go away" glare. I left with a very unpleasant feeling about the place.
We love Bright! I can't say enough good things about the staff and administration at this school. They all seem to genuinely care about the kids and are very open to parent involvement and participation. Best of all, not only are my 2d and 4th grader performing well on standardized tests, they are clearly developing a love for learning and the the interpersonal skills that they will need later in life -- things that can't be measured on a report card. We owe a huge thanks to the great staff that made it possible.
The teachers are warm and caring. The principal is dedicated. The nurse and counselor are super! There does seem to be the occassional bully or trouble maker and not sure how their influence on others is minimized.