My daughter is in the 6th grade and having had an older child go through Bolin 6th before I was not looking forward to this year. Thank you to the administration who really heard parent concerns and made changes that were best for kids!! The new teachers in 6th grade are a breath of fresh air and my daughter has had a fantastic year!!
I have never seen a more dedicated group of teachers! They go above and beyond to create engaging learning opportunities for our kids. I have never felt like my kids' teachers teach to a test or go through the motions. The front office staff is warm and friendly and the administration is always open to my concerns.
The current principal does not support homework as a reinforcement of learning - even in upper grades. As a proud parent of a high schooler in AISD, this significantly puts Bolin students at a disadvantage primarily because they are not prepared for the expectations going forward...
If the teachers didn't promote empathy, I don't believe it would be acknowledged by the principal. All activities that promote character are limited to Blazer Rallies at 8:00 in the morning when most parents are at work and cannot see their child recognized for good character. Former leadership recognized Trailblazers from each class k-6 at the monthly PTA meetings in the evening so more parents could be included.,,
I believe the counselor and teachers honestly try to Instill these character traits in our children and for the most part, they do so...but the current principal tends to minimize teacher/parent concerns. Often times issues are not handled effectively and continue to get worse.
From the time Bolin opened in 2000, it remained an ELITE school that promoted student success and high standards primarily due to the leadership and guidance of the former principals. These exceptional leaders set the standard by supporting teachers, parents, and students. The overall school climate changed dramatically under the current principal who was hired in 2014. Since that time, 13 staff members have left Bolin to pursue positive career opportunities elsewhere...a HUGE loss for our children and the neighborhood community.