One of the bright spots at Braddock Elementary is the Assistant Principal Lisa McNamee. She is an administrator that "gets" kids, especially kids who need special services and supports. We experienced serious issues with the school counselor at Braddock but we had strong support from Mrs. McNamee.
I wrote a glowing review in 2013, and am disappointed at the decreased quality of Braddock since Mrs. Botzin retired. In spite of the size of the school, it used to feel like a warm and welcoming community in which each individual child was important. Now it feels like a large institution, with the children as its unwelcome inmates. There is a clear, almost obsessive, focus on test scores, rather than the focus of a healthy school on love of learning and exploration. I am relieved that we will be leaving Braddock after this year, but sad that our community has lost a great neighborhood school.
I cannot wait to have my child taken out of this school. It's for that reason alone that I am moving further away. Teachers are careless, the administration treats these kids like criminals. I've had countless experiences watching and listening to how all the staff speak to these kids, and it is just terrible! There is no sense of community, but there is a definite feeling that comes from the administration that the families and children are "less than". Academically this school does so poorly, I don't know how students will have a fighting change against other schools that push for academic excellence.
This school is going downhill quickly. And it all started when Cynthia Botzin stepped down as principal , and Ms. Jackson took over. When my kids first started there, under principal Botzin, we LOVED it there. Never had any issues at all. But the last couple of years have been AWFUL. Oddly enough, they are lacking and inconsistent with how they treat bullying, at the same time, over-sensitive when a kid just sings a funny song that happens to have the word 'die' in it. I would have been thrown out of school for saying the things I said as a kid, as harmless as I was. Test scores are WAY down, and we've had to spend $ on tutoring just to get them caught back up to where they SHOULD be. Since we're moving, we won't have to deal with them any longer, but I'm worried that my kids are going to be behind the kids in their new school. Hopefully, they're young enough to bounce back and not be ruined for the rest of their academic lives.
Our daughter is finishing kindergarten this year and we've been really happy with Braddock Elementary School. She is in the two way English/Spanish immersion program where half the day is spent learning in English and the other half of the day is spent learning in Spanish. All of her teacher's have been great and the school staff has done a great job keeping us abreast of school activities and events. Our daughter enjoys going to school here and the staff are doing a great job of fostering an environment conducive to learning. There was one instance where a little boy was misbehaving in class and bothering several of the other students. A few of the parents including myself alerted the teacher and I feel like the situation was handled with the utmost professionalism. We are always aware of what is going on at school and love to see our daughter's school work that she brings home on a regular basis. We're looking forward to next year at Braddock. I'm surprised by some of the other postings because our experience has been wonderful. For incoming kindergartener's, I recommend Ms. Pitler. She is a wonderful teacher and really great with the children.
Terrible school, non help what so ever for kids with disabilities. The staff is not caring and dismiss parents with sarcasm. The lack of efficiency and poor performance is a mayor problem. My child was severely wounded at play ground, the didn't update my information with my new phone number, that I promptly give to them, and they didn't even call any of my emergency contacts. On top of everything, they sent me a letter home, asking me to cooperate with the school. I have found myself frustrated as I have contacted the school several times, went there in person, sent letters, asking for their cooperation with no response what so ever. My child is disable and is showing miss behaviors that affect her life, and they don't want to help her at all. I have several paperwork with her diagnosis, and still "she's not eligible, even if she is struggling. I'm moving out of here in two months, and I CAN'T WAIT. If your planning to move here, DO NOT. This is my personal experience. Also, they're over populated, and the building is to small for that many children.
I agree with the previous reviewer about issues with IEPs and 504s. My child attended this school and we had a terrible experience with the teacher, the principal as well as the school counselor. My child was bullied at this school and still has nightmares about what happened on the playground at recess. The school is also very overcrowded and the school system projects that it will be even worse in the future.
Honestly, I am questioning many of these reviews. I have had a horrible experience with this school. Many of the teachers here are pleasant but it's the administrative staff that I worry about. The principle does not seem engaged with the students and their academic success. My child tends to have trouble in school and much of it has to do with his struggle with impulse. The teacher has been kind enough to "allow" an evaluation to take place but I have had so much push-back from the staff. I understand that it costs the school a great deal of money when doing an IEP, but it's for the benefit of the child! I just want to ensure that my child is getting the specialized instruction he needs in order to be confident in school. The year prior, he came home comfortable with the idea that he is just "not smart".That shouldn't ever be the case. However, Braddock ES has stated that this is due to the fact that he gets too much attention? What? I want to give them the benefit of a doubt- but it's been a few years and I am starting to feel that if your child has any type of disorder, language barrier, or disability- you're in for a world of grief here.
Braddock Elementary is a wonderful school. It has dedicated teachers, staff, and parents. It is a friendly, warm, caring neighborhood school. Lots of children walk to school with their parents. Braddock Elementary has excellent "specials" teachers like Mr. W. and Mr. Jackson for PE, Ms. Newham for Music, and Ms. Ahner for Art. The librarian Ms. Foley is a great favorite of all. Ms. Botzin, the principal, knows all of the students and most of the parents. The PTA is very welcoming and always wants volunteers. We love Ms. Rauer for Kindergarten, Ms. Davis and Mrs. Wheat for 1st grade. Wonderful teachers who understand children, who are motivating and great eager learners.
Braddock is a great school,my son loves be there.He has been since 1 grade and now he is in 4 grade now.The school have great teachers,the librarian is a very special person with the students,my son likes to bring many books from the library,The science fair was a great experience for him this year too.