My child has attended Bush for three years. I am very happy with her performance in the gifted program. We looked at several private schools in Houston and we decided to send her to Bush because they had better programs. I the only issue that I have seen is the school in over crowed at this time, but they still maintain a positive attitude. The school year 2007-2008 the school will drop down to only 600 student. This will be wonderful. Barbara Bush even comes and reads to the children once a year, and this is a big honour for her to do so each year. I highly recommend the school.
I had heard nothing but rave reviews about Barbara Bush when moving here. I'm somewhat disappointed in the school - the office staff is rude (haughty attitude that implies we should be grateful our children go there!), the clinic is a joke. The only focus is on academics - the 'arts' receive nothing more than a cursory nod, which is unfortunate as the art teacher is wonderful. In music, the kids learn songs, not music. Car drop off in the morning is dangerous - kids are dropped off in the middle of the street, cars do U-turns and there are no teachers in sight to supervise. Teachers are too focused on testing to the point they are robotic. I've been to the school to have lunch and it is rare to see a smiling teacher!
Barbara bush feels like a zoo. The office staff is rude and never knows what programs are occuring on campus. The car pick is dangerous and chaotic. It takes 20-30 minutes each day just to pick up my son.
I feel that Bush is an excellent school academically. The teachers are conscientious regarding the progress of both girls and have made sure tutoring has been incorporated whenever it seemed necessary. I do feel however, that the school seriously lacks in areas of creative learning and extracurricular activities such as art, music and athletics. While there are some, it seems very sparse. I believe that an equal balance of strong academics along with an emphasis on the creative development of students would strongly enhance and benefit their overall ability to become successful throughout the rest of their academic career as well as in their adult lives.
The GT program is awesome. My son is currently in 3rd grade and I couldn't ask for better teachers. They really care about the kids.
Barbara Bush is an outstanding school with amazing teachers and staff members. Many of the teachers are young offering a fresh new perspective on teaching methods. I have two children at Bush, and they look forward to waking up and attending school each day. They adore their teachers and are held to high academic standards every day.
Great School! it used to be better but its still okay. Great academic work, not very warm and fuzzy for the little ones. Parents are very involved. Extracurricular activities are not very encouraged. Mostly all about academics. Good for some not for others.
I had one child go through Bush and a second one in 1st grade and at this point I've had enough of the stress level. The school is so focused on the TAKS or Standford 10 that they careen through the subject matters and I fear that my child is not getting a grip on the true fundamentals needed to become a successful adult. I have decided to take my child out of Bush and transfer to a private school. Where a child can learn and still be a child!
This is a very deciplined school. Maybe their strict rules are a little hard for the child, but for the long run, it's good to children's growth. Academics are good. There are homeworks to keep the children busy. Teachers are professional and responsible. The drawback is that the parking space is very limited, so it's a struggle everyday to send kids to school. Overall, a very good choice for a public shool if you don't want to send your kids to private svhool.
A good school that can improve further. Strong PTO and great facility. Teachers generally are great, while some can be more personal. One shortcoming is that kindergarten program can be boring for kids who had pre-school education. They don't recommand to move student to higher grades even if the student is academically ready.
This is a great school, the teachers loves the student. The school has great programs.
Barbara Bush is similar to a private school. Academic standards are very high. We have been very pleased!
The academic programs are very good. Most of the teachers are very good. The quality of the office staff leaves much to be desired. Some of them are outright rude and unpleasant to deal with. The new principal is much more approachable.
We found clean premises, teachers with experience and a very organized school.
This school is going to be closed down if we don't do some about it. my 11 yr old boy likes going to this school. This school teaches kids more than the schools we have in the city of columbus, ks.
Well I'm not a parent I'm a former student and I think that Bush is an Awsome school. The teachers know when to have a good time and know when to buckle down. My friends and I were totally sad when we had to leave because we had been there since Kindergarden. (They just started having Pre-K) It was so sad. In an overall grade I would give them an A+.
My eldest child attended last year and will attend again, along with my middle in Prek. The teachers seem dedicated and caring towards the students. Although, the principal (who retried)was not fair in my opinion. I did not like the fact that there was not a parent meeting/vote about the kindergarten graduation. The parade was okay but a small dignified graduation seemed more appropriate. She only seemed to talk to the partents/staff she knew and was snobby. The office staff only talked to me when I was dressed up. Other times when I came in a hurrry/clothes thrown on they were tight lipped and rude. The atmosphere besides the teachers is an unpleasant one and reflects on the students.
We moved to Houston the second semester of 2003-2004. At first, I was upset with the lack of patience the teachers had with my daughter. She was just moved from a different state, in a different time zone, with a different climate. Because we have moved with her before we know it takes 2 weeks for her to become comfortable in her new school. After the first month, I was very pleased with the consistency that was shown to her at Bush. She was doing well in class and I loved the teaching style that was used. I am blown away with this wonderful school, in this wonderful state. Family matters here in Texas and at Bush! It is shown through the activities planned at the school for the parents and students. We are looking for a house and will only buy one with Bush listed as the elementary school. A+++ rating!
I wanted to review my comments I made last year. I started working direct with Mrs. Ennis and I am glad to say that I was wrong. She did a great job with my son. I was really willing to move house because my son was in denial mode. Now I can tell you that the end result of this year was great and I will miss Mrs. Ennis very much. Her passion for the kids made the difference. Helder Eloy
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