Because of the past reviews on this site, I was hesitant to move within Bluebonnet boundaries. We did anyways, in hopes we could transfer our kindergartener to Deep Wood (a few block to the North)After a failed transfer request, we did not have a choice. That denied transfer is the best thing to happen to our family! What you do not gather from the "3" rating and previous posts is the following: Principle Nino has turned the school upside down and has cleaned house. The staff is extraordinary. The school offers a dual language program (if you wish, completely optional). A preschool program- also, a dual language opportunity. Library nights- read books and play board games! A family account is also available. The school is small, smaller class sizes, more imitate. The second time I came into the school the office staff and the principal knew my name, and BOTH of my sons' names (the kindergartener and the preschooler) without any reminders. The staff know the kids, are very aware of their strengths, and celebrate them! "Relationships" sums it up! Even the crossing guards are friendly, giving stickers to kids as they wait. I have so much pride in this school that I once dreaded!
When I read the first two reviews, I thought, "This can't be my Bluebonnet." Then I noticed the dates they were written. The Bluebonnet School today is a wonderful and caring learning environment. I have volunteered at Bluebonnet for 2 years and see how dedicated the teachers are. The "new" principal, Ms. Nino, is topnotch, from what I have observerd. The office staff are caring and welcoming. They even have open library on Tuesday evenings for students and parents and had a summer library program as well. I often see mentors and other volunteers at Bluebonnet. Together we are working hard to teach the children in a fun and safe environment. I am thankful for the fine teachers I have seen in action.
I have seen Bluebonnet go through many changes in the past 17 years, some good some bad. I just have to say that our newest principal, Lucy McVey, has been the best thing to happen at Bluebonnet since Barbara Perry held that position!
I have had 1 child attend Bluebonnet and overall have felt that he received very poor instruction. While teachers seem to be okay and caring, when the doors to their rooms close students say differently. The school used to be good. When Mr. Gates was principal I felt welcome and needed as a part of the 'team' at the school. The new principal was very mean and harsh to both students and teachers. Many of the teachers do the minimum that they have to for class. There are a lot of worksheets and not a lot of real experiences. Lots of textbooks and what seems to be drill and kill. We had one great teacher in 1st grade, but she left to work at the district with lots of other schools. Bluebonnet has potential, but needs some real change!
This school has received great criticism in the past years but little recognition for its excellent teachers and overall school dedication for education. My three children have attended Bluebonnet since 1997 and fell they recieved the excellent education. Of course evey school has its challenges and weaknesses but this school has quality teachers and a caring adminstration.
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