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B.M. Williams Primary School

Public | PK-2 | 851 students

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Posted April 2, 2014

I absolutely love this school, my daughter attends this school. When she started she was very shy and timid. The teachers are very understanding, they go above and beyond to ensure that your child gets the proper tools and create a fun learning environment. The teachers and staff are very compassionate and have the same concerns for the children as if they are their parents. I love how they involve different techniques to help kids learn and pick up on things that may seem hard to them at first. They keep parents up to date and I love that as well.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 5, 2014

Two of my children attend B.M. Williams. We love this school. My son is in the pre-school program, he has a speech delaye. Our son went to school with no verbal communication. His vocabulary has improved tremendously! Our daughter, she is in kindergarden. Her teachers are great! And our daughter is ABOVE reading level! B.M. Williams has family nights, and parents seem to really care about their children's education. B.M. Williams is great school for your little ones!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 5, 2013

My oldest went to this school and I currently have one child attending this school (2nd year) with another child to start here the next school year. The staff I have come across is great(office, p.e, librarian, some teachers, etc). The security up front is attentive to who walks in the school. You must have your ID ready in order to go beyond his desk. Photo is taken, sticker must be worn while on grounds. The school itself is clean. The nurse is ok. She does what she is suppose to do but beyond that don't expect a convo as she is busy with children. My kids have had come across small issues which were quickly resolved, by who was then the Assistant Principle, Mr Moyer. He is now the principle of the school. There is one teacher my kid has had that I question how attentive she is of the students. Another teacher of my other child no longer at this school wasn't great at communication. Not all teachers are going to be great, but that doesn't take away from the school and it really depends on who your child gets for the school year. One star deduction for the lack of complete instructions for majority of homework. That seems to be common every school year and its the printed work.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 9, 2013

My son attended this school for half of his first grade year and all of second grade. Looking back we were not happy. His first grade teacher was truly awful. We got to the point where we were ready to bring him home but decided to try and stick it out. She shouted at the children, used harsh language, and acted as though it was truly below her to be where she was. Second grade was much better. It is ONLY because a what a wonderful teacher he had that I will give them the 3 stars. Communication improved drastically and our son's learning escalated tremendously. I am very hesitant to put my daughter at this school due to the first grade experience and am considering other options. There were so many ways they could have improved things!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 19, 2011

I went to B.M. Williams Primary in the First grade. Im a 9th GRader now and I have to say, the things I learned while going to that school help me build my foundation to becoming a great student. I loved all the teachers and pricipals. Everyone was great and helpful,.

Posted September 5, 2011

When does b.m. William elementary start school?? There calendar is wrong my daughter is starting kindergarten
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 19, 2011

When my son was to start 2nd grade I was so worried with it being his first time in a public school. He had been in Christian private schools pre-k through 1st grade. But this school was phenomonal. The teachers were great the staff was helpful and the guidance counselor was outstanding. He was very happy and that made me happy. His teacher kept be abreast of all he was doing and where I needed to focus on more with him at home. I was truly satisfied and at peace. This is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 18, 2011

My son, who is an up and coming 8th grader, is a former student of BMW and I believe that the educational foundation he got from this wonderful school is the reason he has excelled the way he has! Thanks to the wonderful teachers and Mr. Mills, who by the way is the principal in which ALL other principals will FOREVER be compared to!! We loved this school and will never forget what they've done for us!--Renee Burnidge
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 18, 2011

I am very impressed with the teachers that my children have had while attending B.M. Williams. They have been great with communicating to me how my children are doing in class. I couldn't have asked for more caring teachers and positive role models. My children have done very well under their instruction. Mr. Arrington, the security guard, is also amazing. He always has a great attitude and is willing to help out students and parents. He knows many students and parents by name and is welcoming when we come in the door. The only negative thing that I have to say about B. M. Williams is about the school nurse, Ms. Doan. My experience with her has been very unpleasant. She seems to be lacking in knowledge in her field and is not always available when the children need her. She does not communicate to the parent when a child goes down to the clinic with serious medical issues. Her attitude also needs some improvement, to say the least. It is a shame that such a wonderful school with wonderful teachers has a person like Ms. Doan in charge of our children's health.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 9, 2011

We are in our second year and our daughter loves it at BMW. We started off with her on medication for ADHD (Concerta) and with the care and guidence of her teachers, she has now been off the medication for almost a year and is excelling in ways we never imagined- earning top scores on state testing and advancing beyond her grade on many skill point levels. The staff is wonderful, PTA is strong and parent involvement high. One of the best schools in the district.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 5, 2010

Attempted to enroll a K aged child first impression: extremely unfriendly/confrontational staff school services K 3rd upon entering the school we witnessed male staff harshly and piercingly using an unacceptable tone towards a large room of students, we were not welcomed/greeted, staff was not forthcoming in providing any information/direction relative our inquiry seen and heard enough to decide it is certainly not the educational environment for my child regardless of zoning and district standards
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Posted May 22, 2007

B. M. Williams is a wonderful school with a caring and dedicated faculty and staff. When you walk into the school, it is obvious that the teachers and administration really care about the students. There are so many ways in which the student achievement is highlighted--Principal and Asst. Principal's list, AR points, birthdays are announced each morning, student work is prominently displayed in the hallways, etc. Parent involvement is high for any parent who truly wants to be involved, as the PTA is very active, and the teachers encourage the parents to volunteer in the classrooms. The teachers send home weekly bulletins letting you know what is being studied in the room that week, what assignments the students have, etc. There are many extra classes each week for the students--including music, PE, library, computer, art. Many special education classes, including ESL, are available for those students who need it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 3, 2007

Great school. Diverse and well balanced group of kids. The teachers really are top notch and will keep parents in the loop. Chesapeake and the YMCA have so many extracurricular programs that I guess it makes up for any that are lacking at BMW.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 16, 2006

This is our second year here and we are very pleased with BM Williams. The teachers are experienced and caring and do not hesitate to inform us of any issues. I have volunteered here and have never seen major discipline problems. The school has a lot of activities to get parents and children together like sock hops, and the PTA is very active. As far as the racial mix goes, guess what? It's an integrated world, and the sooner all our children learn to get along, the better.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2006

Ar is not a good activitie for our children. My opinion on the accelerated reader program is that it is unfair for students who are visibly reading to be required to participate in this program that is becoming a competition between parents. Ar should only be required to students who dont read enough. Parents and teachers put too much pressure on kids to only read ar listed books in their level. If a child wants to read a book outside thier level, shouldnt they be permitted to? My son cannot read any of the books he would love to read that are outside his range because he would not get credit for reading them.Schools waste thousands of dollars on tests that discourage kids from reading.Ar is an ufair and unnessecary practice wich limits childrens reading rights.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 24, 2004

In my opinion, BMW is a wonderful school. The racial mix includes many races and religions and has invited my 3 daughters to make lasting friendships with children of all backgrounds including socioeconomic. At the primary grades, where all children are similarly innocent of bias (or at least should be) this is an excellent way to introduce them to good experiences to build their lives on. A racially homogeneous classroom would not have given them that opportunity. Mr. Mills is an excellent, professional principal and I believe he has earned great respect among his also professional teaching staff. We chose to keep our children in BMW in spite of many other available options.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2004

BM Williams Primary School has a predomintely black population Students of other races are a definite minority. (ie: My child's kindergarten class consisted of 20 students - 3 of them were white and 1 was hispanic.) The school also prides themselves on the fact that they have the largest student population in the city and this is only grades K-2. I see this as Chesapeake needing another elementary/primary school to serve some of these children! Interestingly enough, the city has no plans for a new elementary school - only middle/high in the Hickory and Great Bridge areas. Private school or homeschooling are looking like much better options.
—Submitted by a parent

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School start time
  • 7:45 am
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  • 2:14 pm
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  • Mr. Thomas P. Moyer
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