My two small boys went a year at Bright Ideas. We unfortunately had to move out of state. I enrolled my children into public school and they were bored. Bright Ideas allowed my kids to advance without having restrictions. I have since found a private school that allows this also. I hope to move back and go back to Bright Ideas.
Bright Ideas is my alma mater, and was one of the best decisions my parents ever made for me. I attended for three years (10th - 12th), and my brother attended from elementary through high school. For kids who can be self reliant, are truly interested in college, and will ask for help and guidance when they need it, this school is an amazing opportunity. Two of my teachers there still stand out as some of the brightest people I've ever met, both had Master's degrees. I began going to the university, MSU, part time my junior year and full time senior year. I was completely ready for that transition through my work at Bright Ideas, as were my other 3 friends who began college courses with me. All four of us went on to get Master's degrees in our respective fields. You don't have to be a genius to go here, I'm certainly not (mostly A's and B's - a couple C's). But no one will stand over you and make you work either. If you can take advantage of the freedom they offer and focus your ambitions, you will have an invaluable experience. Bright Ideas paid half my tuition expenses, and before my brother graduated, I believe they started paying full tuition. Great school!
What an embarrassment to the school system! Bright Ideas=very disorganized, unclean and chaotic environment. Their curriculum is lacking to say the least. The school is sub-par by any US standard. How do I know? I had the misfortune of teaching there for a brief time. I could not bare to be a part of the organization thus resigned along with several other concerned teachers this school year. They continue to go through teachers almost as frequently as they sweep up flies in their lunchroom . Yes, they have a pest problem (flies, rodents, etc) and do not seem to have solutions for the issue. The kids literally have to fight the flies while eating their lunch. I could go on and on but suffice it to say this school is unacceptable and in my opinion unworthy of state funds.
this is not a school you want your kids to go to all the negative remarks are absoutley correct if your kids can work on their own then they will be find, if they go back to public schools they will be very far behind,
I am a first year teacher at Bright Ideas Charter School and have found the staff to be among the best I have worked with. All of the faculty stress the importance of education to their students and strive to see that they are successful! It is a small school and therefore, the classes are small giving teachers the time to provide extra attention to those that need it! I am impressed with the care and attention the students receive!
Sometimes I feel like the education in the Wichita Falls area is like choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea. Area public schools are over-challenged and under-funded. BICS has the opportunity to make a real impact in this area but consistently fails to do so. The facility is very safe and attractive even though there is no cafeteria. There is day care at a reasonable cost and it is very reliable. The classes are small which is great! Unfortunately they have failed to attract inspirational instructors and when one surfaces, they seem to leave soon. My child has been fortunate to have a wonderful teacher this year who has been organized, consistent, fair, humorous and sensitive. She exemplifies the best first experience that a child can have with school. I hope and pray that the administration feels this way as well. She is a step in the right direction and in my opinion, she deserves to be cloned. Bright Ideas start with Bright Teachers. Heads up to Administration!
All I can say is..."WHAT A JOKE"... My child will not be attend this school next year.. The teachers are sucha Joke.. they dont help the children one bit.. always on the cell phones.. n they dont commuicate with parents at all.. I have called to set up mets and i always get a call back saying .. we have to reschedule the meeting and they never do.. the teachers n staff are very rude..they yell at the children and all that comes out of the teachers mouths are disrespectful run laps.. or d hall the kids cant open mouths with out getting into some trouble... or they are aleays takin one childs word over another.... I will be going to the local paper and hopefully they will hear me out and i can let everyone in town know just how bad this school is....... DONT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE.......
This is not a school you want your child to attend if you are interested in the well being of your child. The principal and the school board are an embarassment to any other school system. This is where you send your child if you do not care.
Bright Ideas is AMAZING! Our children have been there for three weeks now and I can already see a huge difference in the education that they are receiving. While the educational aspect is the most important aspect, Bright ideas goes above and beyond in other areas as well. They are geared toward helping both students and parents. A great education and all the extra thoughtful touches too! What more could a parent ask for.
As a graduate of Bright Ideas, I'd like to share a few things about my experience. The teachers at BICS go above and beyone for their students. Many of them work from 7am-6pm, and are available by phone in the evenings and on the weekends to help their students with work. I felt as though my teachers really and truly cared about my education. Some of the lessons I learned from them I will carry wiith me the rest of my life. BICS also allowed me to go to college at the age of 16. This is different from taking AP courses. I actually got to attend MSU classes with other college kids, and really got a jump start on my college education. I have never ever regretted the time I spent at BICS. Send your kids here!
After never being able to receive answers or help from anybody at this school, I am placing my children in other schools. They have now both been held back and have little hope of graduating before they're 20. If your child can learn everything on there own, Bright Ideas is a fine place for them.
This school is truly a joke. The teachers come to school in what looks like their pajamas. The teaching skills go as far as to let the kids do whatever they want even if its taking naps under their desk, like the principal does in her office. The teaching degrees they posses must have come from crackerjack boxes. I would never send my child back to this school. Please beware of this school it is dangerous to the development of our children.
This year was the first year my two children went to Bright Ideas. The promises were great, the reality was not. They have turned my staight A honor Roll student into a failing child based on there curriclum, but he is still making exemplary status on all of his state mandated test. There is no structure, no motivation, and no teacher based resposiblilty. The staff never knows what is going on. I see adverstisements all over town anout Dance classes and Judo, but the Judo is only available to certain age groups and they say that the dance class just didn't work out this year. We will be going to another school next year.
My kids were left behind. The students are physical, very verbal and un respectful to each other and to the teachers. Few teachers were good, but needed to be professional including the principal. My child got physically abused from a student and the school had not punished the student. No sports activities, no cafeteria, no gym, no library and no special needs programs. Most of the students are flunkies and too old to be in the same grade twice or more. I had transfered my kids to a better, structured school. Please tour the tiny, un structured school. You will know what I mean. parent
The teachers are great at parent communication. My son was just a number at all the public schools he ever attended. He just wasn't motivated or held accountable for his school performance. While this school isn't for everyone, thankfully it is for kids that are bright and need motivation.
This school's program isn't really that much more spectacular than any other school. With that said there is nothing else that sets this school within a high standard that we expect for our children.
As with any school there are positives and negatives; however, the positives are diffinately the overpowering.Bright Ideas has some really great teachers on staff that will do anything and everything to help your child succeed. They do not make it easy on the student and therefore some students leave because it is too hard, but those that stay receive a great comprehensive education along with love and positive self-esteem. If they have something that isn't working for the kids, then they look for something better. You won't see that in other schools - they will just always do it the same and hope your kid performs.Although some find the demands too rough or too structured; we find that they are helping create responsible adults who can think on their own and problem solve. Students who will be leaders of the future.
I first took my daughter to Bright Ideas because the elementary in our zone was poor and unruly. They promise so much when you go for the tour. Make it sound like your child will be in this wonderful environment of pure learning with advanced and special teachings. After 6 months there I have seen a decline in my daughter's motivation, spelling, penmanship, etc. She is a 2nd grader but her 'homeroom' class is 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders all in one. When she does classwork the teacher doesn't help her with spelling just says do the best you can. So her work comes home unreadable and grammatically incorrect and graded 100. The setup of the school is too loose. There is no HOT lunch offered, bring your own. All these extra opportunities that were talked about I have never seen. No extracur. activities during school. I will be changing!
Hi, my name is Staci Voris and I go to Bright Ideas Charter School. This is my third year going here and this is what I have to say about it. Last year I was discussing the possibility of changing schools. I have thought about it lately and listenedto my friends that go to other schools complain how bad their school is. I used to go home and tell my friends that Bright Ideas Charter School is the dumbest school I have ever been to, but in reality it is the best school I have ever been to. My mom and I were talking this morning and i said, 'If I was given the choice of staying here or going to Burk. I wouldn't leave because I can get an education here and feel safe.' Bright Ideas Charter School is the best school in Wichita Falls.
My three childern have gone to bright ideas for 4 years.They loved this school until 2004 and the rules started changing.I really don't know what is going on at this school but after last year I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone.If all the teachers could get back the enthusiasm on actually teaching the students then just letting the students teaching them selfs.Then it would be the school my childern had fallen love with the first 3 years they were there.
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