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6-8
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Garland, TX
Students enrolled: 1,154

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626 Nickens Road
Garland, TX 75043

(972) 926-2630
(972) 926-2633
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August 13, 2012
My daughter is a bright and friendly student. She was excited to go to CCB, but the dress code was something she dreaded. I reassured her that it would be no big deal. The principal was very strict about the dress code and it seemed excessive. They even required dress code on after school dances. If you were "caught" without a belt, you would have to go to the office and write yourself up. At lunch, there are teachers who stand by the lunch lines and force students to sit next to whoever they were behind in line; and when my daughter tried to wait outside the cafeteria so that she could get in line with a friend, that was forbidden. My daughter has never been in trouble at school and her anxiety now about these pervasive and strict policies have her begging me to find another school. She is set to go a second year, as she does enjoy the piano, art, and gymnastic classes. And they have a new principal . But if she still hates it, we are withdrawing her after the first six weeks. BTW, she makes near perfect scores on those stupid standardized tests. That is what people believe makes a great school. To me, a school is wonderful if it makes my child love learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
This is our first year at Brandenburg. I'm not clear about the previous comments on our school. We applied and chose this school because of the fine arts electives, zero period options, strong leadership and communication, and supposed parent involvement. However, the long time band director was fired without parent notification, there are NO zero electives like piano or chess, we do not get Principal regular call-outs (as Sachse HS does) to notify us of important events (early release, programs, etc.), and the PTA does not notify parents of general meetings or board elections. It's very non-inclusive lacking communication. What should be the main source of info and communication should be the website, which is severely lacking. It does not have club meeting dates, audition info, etc. Lastly, a majority of the teachers that we've had seem bothered by questions being asked when inquiring about specific of the curriculum. It seems that they are almost offended, perhaps because of being used to a parent population who does not question authority. Nevertheless, we are disappointed at what could have possibly been a great school at one time.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2011
This is my daughters second year at Bradenburg. The staff is very supportive and proactive with the cirriculum, social issues, and potential problems with students. I appreciated the voice messages from the school for community events involved with the school, pta, and other social events. The children seem to be disciplined and the office staff is not rude. My child was involved in a number of activities which allowed her to become well rounded. The zero credit classes are great and the staff enforces time management with the students.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2010
I don't know where to begin!!! First of all, I am about to enter the 8th grade at Brandenburg, and I've had the time of my life there! The honors classes are challenging, but the teachers are always there to help. They always help us to achieve to the high standards of the school, and have teaching methods for all learners. They're awesome! The electives are phenominal too. There band has gone to Seattle and Austin, and is one of the best in the country, and their choir rocks! I'm i choir and last year we received straight 1's in U.I.L, 14 people make All-Region, and at the Hurricane Harbor competition we received all 1,s (again), Best in Class trophies, and 4 feet tall Grand Champion awards! They're also the only middle school with dance and gymnastics, and the only school in GISD with a Gymnastics facility! I LOVE IT!

- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2010
My daughter is in 6th grade at Brandenburg. She has loved the learning and social environment at the school. As a parent and a teacher in another district, I have been very impressed with the staff at the school. Mrs. King is an amazing leader and the staff is very involved with the students. The opportunities for extracurricular activities at Brandenburg are amazing. At this age children need a place to fit in and something to keep them occupied. Brandenburg has something for every type of student. Next year, my daughter will be taking Latin, which I think is amazing! She also goes early to school three days a week to take piano. Wonderful school to go to.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
My daughter is over half way through her 6th grade year at Brandenburg. And she is still very excited to be there. She loves all the opportunities she has been given (dance & gymnastics), and is looking forward to all the opportunities ahead (piano, Latin, and year long dance). She never questions her decision to attend CCBMS. The teachers and staff are very supportive and communicative.

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March 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2010
My son did OK at Brandenburg but when my daughter was coming from Vial they misfiled her paperwork and bumped her. They had overbooked the school by 300 students! We were told too bad. I had to quit my job teaching in GISD and drive her to our neighborhood school. It ended up being a blessing. She is at Houston middle school and the teachers are so much better. Brandenburg tends to let good test takers like my son slide by which has hit him hard in high school. Also going into GHS al the Brandenbugers l had to go down to regulars because they were not prepared for the work.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2010
This is my daughter's 7th grade year at Brandenburg and I'm very pleased. The teachers all seem to be on target, enthusiastic and they bring fresh ideas to their classrooms. My daughter feels good about going to school every morning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2010
This is one of the bestest schools i have ever seen.My daughter is learning alot there and she loves it,keep up the good work staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2010
i used to go to that school last year, but now i go to a school in fort worth. i have to admit that it is a better school district. but the teachers arent that great there. i really miss the teachers here they actually care about the students. i just want to thank them for teaching me so much.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 29, 2009
this school is a wonderful school but they always are full even if you but ur name on the waiting list

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2009
Wonderful School to send your kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 24, 2009
Well i used to go to CCBMS last year and i have to admit it was very fun there(: I learned alot that prepared me for my first year of highschool this year(: Math is much easier thanks to Mr.Berkey. Although it isn't that much fun anymore , i understand alot because of him. Also Biology couldn't be easier thanks to Mrs.Duncan(: && i wanna let her know, i am definitely taking my courses in biology,Chemistry,physics very seriously. Hopefully by the time im in 12th grade im already in the planetarium class learning about astronomy& astrology. Well Mrs.Bottoms! i don't know if your still there or not, but i wanna let you know our journals we had to keep up with are very handy for 10th grade xD thanks! Well i heard about the blue ribbon award to CCBMS and i wanna congradulate everyone of yall love Milli

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2009
Brandenburg is a remarkable School! It has many Electives to choose from(Choir, Band, Piano, Dance, Gymnastics, etc) and it is one of the best schools in Garland hands down. I have been attending Brandenburg for three years now, and I can tell you that if you send your child here, you won't regret it. It has a Great Honors Program as well as strict, but helpful teachers.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 05, 2009
I went to brandenbug all 3 years and im proud to say that it is the best school ever. They prepared me for high school.

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
I am a parent of an 8th grader and am so proud that my daughter attended this school. She was on the waiting list for Austin in the 6th grade, but once we got to Brandenburg we never looked back. The teachers are excellent and Mrs. King runs a tight ship. The office staff are extremely helpful and the counselors really care about the kids. My daughter is so lucky to attend this school. We are proud Braves!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2009
Hey, Brandenburg is AWESOME! This is my first day for 6th grade, so i was scared... but most of the teachers made me feel right at home, besides the fact i never wear belts and i never tuck my shirt in! When I said 'most of the teachers' i don't mean, oh, there's some teachers over there saying 'She's from vial, lets just hate and ignore her!' I truly don't. There were all nice, but some (1) tend to ignore me. No offense, all my teachers were nice, but I'd have to say that (so far) Ms.Hewett, my science teacher, is the nicest. Though this IS my first day, so, you know... all you teachers out there, you have a chance to be MY favorite. :) From a AWESOME, really awesome, 6th grader. :) GO BRAVES! woo!

- submitted by a student
no rating August 21, 2009
This school was perfect for my child! She was having a hard time at first in the classes but with the help of Brandenburg's teachers, she got a scholarship to a magnet high school in Washington!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 05, 2009
My daughter is entering the 6th grade at Brandenburg for the 2009 - 2010 school year. Everything we have heard up to this point is been positive but they stress parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2009
Brandenburg is awsome! They have a great choir program. The teachers are great! This is my last year at Brandenburg and the teachers have realy prepared me for high school. There is also a great Honors pre-Ap program too. I'm in all Honors! CCBMS rules!

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2009
Brandenburg is THE BEST. I'm in the Honors Band,and we've been to Seattle,Austin,and this year both Honors and Symphonic got a Sweepstakes(!st division,All 1's.) Most of the teachers are great. We have Gymnastics,Dance,Latin,Spanish,and Piano as electives, so that gives us alot of choices. If I never ended up going to Brandenburg, I don't know what my life would have been like :) GO BRAVES!

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2009
Brandenburg is a wonderful school! I am on the gymnastics team there and I also do dance! The teachers are phenomenal! They have high expectations of the students, which is why I am A honor roll!

- submitted by a student
no rating January 11, 2009
Wonderful school! My son is in Honors Band and has been to Seattle and will be going to Austin in the Spring - the BMS Band is one of the best in the country and should be considered by students and parents interested in music!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
This school is really great. The teachers are really nice but I think they need to make the hallwasys alot bigger

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 28, 2008
I love Brandenberg, however, they need way more communication with parents!! especially new parents to the school!! They need a newletter to let us all know what is going on. Upcoming dates, clubs, try-outs, etc. my son is now in the 7th grade this year and I still dont know anything!!!!! I knew everything in grammer school the entire office staff knows my family I have a great relation ship with the staff and communication is great(Toler Elementary) I'm still trying to figure out how things work at Brandenberg?? The teachers are geat at Brandenberg and I truly think they have a great principal. I have had great communication with the teachers via email and telephone and gradebook is great!!!! but i would love a weekly or even monthly news letter with information on what is going on.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
i love brandenburg it's the best school ever and the teachers are sooo awesome

- submitted by a student
July 08, 2008
The teachers and administrators at Brandenburg Middle School have provided my son an enriched and rewarding experience over the past two years. The administrative team is helpful and responsive. The teachers are extremely competent and thorough in their instruction. As a parent who works in this school district, I would recommend this school to other parents without any reservations. Excellence is the standard at the Classical center at Brandenburg Middle School. It is exhibitted in their practices and expected of all students whether they are in the 'magnet' program or not. The experiences my child was given at the Classical Center have prepared him welll for his high school career and helped him to enter the school of his choice. The arts program is tremendous!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 29, 2008
This year is our first year in Brandenburg Middle School. We are very proud to send our smart kid to this excellent sccool.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
I attended Brandenburg Middle School from 6th to 8th grade. I 'graduated' from there almost three years ago and I can honestly say that my time there was the most fun I have ever had in school. I always liked my teachers and they liked me too. I always tried to reach out and make the unaccepted kids feel accepted in some way even though I myself, was not one of the 'popular' kids while I attended there. I thought the curriculum was amazing and the teachers who taught it were extremely talented as well. I remember the best part was in 8th grade I signed up to be a library aide and ahd so much fun doing that. I would encourage all students to at least try it once.

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
Its okay. But the curriculam is not very fun. I'd like to see us go on more fild trips. And do more activeites. I love my teacher's their great i the the most infulinchil people would be Blain Johnson he is the really wonderful person who will help you and make you laugh, Trent Berkey i have turmendus respect for this man he is very smart, Amber Logan she is so sweet and funny she helps you out when you need it. I'm am takeing latin and i find it extremaly challanging and love my teacher lisa druebert. I also think that we should expand the gmynasitcs gym it is a little cramped.

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2007
thats school is the best

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2007
i am an 8th grader at brandenburg middle school and i really like this school because of all the subject choices they have!some of the teachers are nice but not all the time!i think our school can use some updates with alot of things because all the money that we give there should be more done!

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2007
My son is a special needs child who has been attending Brandenburg since 7th grade. This year, as an 8th grader, he has gone from requiring Special Ed classes for Reading, English, and Math, to now having all regular classes. He does go down to their Learning Lab for assistance, as do many of his peers, but they felt he would do better socially and academically in those regular classes. I wasn't sure at first, but I can now see that they truly know what they are doing. Great job, Brandenburg. Thank you, Mrs. King.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Sent my son to this school as I felt he needed the additional challenge that their honors program offered. I have been somewhat disappointed in the efforts of some teachers to assist him. He has a diagnosis of ADHD and it appears that some of his teachers are unwilling to provide simple reminders to help him to achieve his greatest potential. Out of concern, I requested a meeting where all 7 of his teachers were invited. Three showed up and the counselor left the meeting early. If this is the type of support I received, I assume he receives little, if nothing. He is struggling despite our best efforts. By no means is all blame placed on the teachers, but oddly enough, the teachers that are helping him, he is making fantastic grades, the ones that are not, he is doing poorly. Interesting scenario it would seem.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
I am familiar with a variety of Middle Schools in the district. I consider Brandenburg to be one of the best. I am so happy that my daughter, who was apprehensive at the beginning of her 6th grade year, decided to stay at Brandenburg. She is in the 8th, in several honors classes, and involved in many extracurricular activities. As a caring parent, take it from me, you will NOT be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2006
Great Teachers and administration.

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October 03, 2006
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September 19, 2006
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July 21, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 10, 2006
My daughter is in 8th grade and transferred here from Frankford Middle School in Plano this school year. She had been getting A's, B's and C's at Frankford and I was worried about her grades falling with the transition. I couldn't have been more wrong. She got straight A's the first 2 six week periods and got all A's and 1 B this last six week period. She enjoys the curriculum and the teachers and staff, as do I. The dance and choir programs are awesome and she whizzes through homework in her other classes. Thanks to her good standing at Bradenburg she has been accepted into the College and Career Magnet program at Lakeview. We are so proud and excited! Brandenburg is a wonderful school with great opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2005
My daughter really enjoys going to this school. It has a lot of great classes. This year she joined student council. Everything seems to be well organized. I'm always encouraged to go to the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2005
At first I had reservations about my daughter attending this school but she has been attending this school for three years now and is about to enter high school. I have been extremely pleased with the quality of the teachers and the coaches at Brandenburg Middle School. They have always made me aware of any and all concerns that have had for my daughter academically and have provided guidance to me on the best choices for my daughter. The cheerleading program is wonderful with Tonya Haddox being the director and I am proud as a parent to watch my child perform at the games under Mrs. Haddox direction. She has been always fair and strictly by the book but teaching compassion for others along the way. My daughters cheerleading skills have improved under her direction. Coach Banks and Sears are also equally wonderful. The sports programs are awesome.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
I work at this school and it is great. The school is involved and supportive of the whole child. There are so many 'safety nets' in place that it is hard for a child to fail here. The teachers are great and the principals provide great leadership. Even if I did not work here, I would send my children to Brandenburg.

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2005
Brandenburg's principal is a jewel. She has made an unbelievable differce and keeps it a place where I know my children are well taken care of...more so than anyother school in the district.

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September 08, 2005
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April 01, 2005
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March 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
My son is a Brandenburg 6th Grader who originally wanted to attend Jackson. Although he received an invitation to attend Jackson for 7th grade he loves it at Brandenburg so much that it's not even a consideration. My experience so far has been that the administrators, office staff and teachers are ALL trying very hard to provide the best educational experience possible. Good morals, ethics and hard work are encouraged rather than just suggested. I'm delighted that after six years of fair to poor teachers and administrators in elementary school, Brandenburg has restored my faith in GISD's ability to offer excellent education for my student.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
I don't know....We left this school and went to another. I thought it was run too much like a prison camp. I think the principal has good intentions, but she wants hypnotic robots for students. The good kids have to suffer along with the bad even if they never do anything wrong. I know they have had crime and discipline problems in the past so maybe it's just a hard habit to break. Most of the teachers are great and do a good job. I think overall it boils down to what you want your kid to experience-prison or freedom.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2004
Our daughter was also accepted to Austin Academy for 6th grade. After attending an elementary academy K-5, we decided she needed more creative environment. And that's what we have at Brandenburg. She is in all honors classes and is challenged. We are very impressed with the principle, office staff, and teachers!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2004
I am thrilled with Brandenburg! Originally, my daughter was accepted at Austin, but was on the waiting list. Brandenburg is our neighborhood school and I did not want her going there because of reports over the past years. However, other schools we looked into were full, and we decided since Brandenburg was now a magnet school, she would be challenged (something we did not get from elementary school). Boy am I glad we were wrong. My daughter is in all honors classes and is being challenged. She is also in school-related extracurricular activities. Her personality has come out and is shining! She loves her teachers and has many friends there. We are definitely pleased with the school. We had a chance to let her go to Austin for the 2003-2004 school year and decided against it. We are extremely satisfied with what we have.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2004
This is our second year at BMS and we could not be happier with out learning experience here. My child was on the 'waiting list' to attend Austin Academy coming into 6th grade and by 7th grade Austin was not even a consideration for us. The teachers are excellent and provide ample opportunity of tutoring if she is not understanding the subject. As in any school, parental involvement is key to being successful.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2003
My son has been a part of the honors program at The Classical Center @ Brandenburg for two years now. In my opinion, Branderburg has challenged him and prepared him for high school. I feel the teachers have creative teaching methods and they truly care about educating the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I have had my son in the Classical Center @ Brandenburg for two years now! He loves the school and the teachers too. I think the teachers are great too. The only thing I would change or suggest would to let the children a little bit more freedom! But I would not put my child anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
The Classical Center at Brandenburg is providing my children great opportunities and preparing them for high school. Overall the teaching staff is great, I am very happy that my children were accepted to this school. I am impressed with the principal and her assistants.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2003
Your school is not good you need a four story one you need to have a pool a geometry lab science lab and many more things! Because of this school I had to pull my kid out of it the teachers are below average they need to be above average!

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Classical Center At Brandenburg Mi
626 Nickens Road, Garland, TX  75043
(972) 926-2630
Last modified Classical Center At Brandenburg Mi is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Classical Center At Brandenburg Mi Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top