Before moving here we heard really good things about Great Bridge. I have to say that we have been 100% happy with the school. We have been lucky to have a wonderful teacher who is very interested in her students. No complaints here.
Coming from a homeschool environment, I was extremely dissatisfied with the school's administration. The principal and asst. principal specifically. We were routinely at odds with the administration in terms of our child's needs vs the school's accomodations. My experience is that the admin is out of touch with the children's goal of learning and, instead, focus on SOL's. Something that for them measures less what the children know and more the school's teaching skills. Many of us parents noted emphasis on 'review' sheets for SOL prep than on homework or in-class tests. I had heard good experiences and poor experiences from family and neighbors; however, our experience was simply abhorrent.
My Son attended this School all three years and was in BM Williams prior. Unfortunately these schools are more concerned with test scores than they are with Student development and learning. Parents are the teachers here and Students are given bad grades for having busy, working, parents. It's really sad what this School District has become!
Chesapeake has a reputation for having Great Schools, however it's just the test scores that are great. Unfortunately the test scores are all they care about, the Teachers there are more concerned about those test score then they are about the students they are teaching. The Student/Teacher Ratio is great, so that's not the problem. The Vice Principal is never does anything to address concerns. The Principal does not get involved at all, I never even saw her except at public assemblies, despite requests for her attention. I had several concerns about what my child was not learning. Also the Parents have more homework now than we did when we were in school. This school has forgotten the Basics and the three R's!.