Burbank elm sucks- seriously don't send your kids there. Certainly don't send them there if they are special ed or special needs. Their full IEP won't be honored, they will treat your child more as a behavior problem and a burden, not as a special needs child- Seriously pulling my child out of this school and never looking back
The last comment that was stated in February 2014 has to be from a STAFF member. This by far, is one of the worst public schools ever. I must say however, that there are only a couple, and I emphasize a couple of teachers that actually care about the students. I am constantly at the school because of the lack of concern from the teachers. This will be my child's last year at this nightmare. I advise anyone who is considering sending their child to this school, to do the research for yourself!.
Paul Burbank is an AMAZING school! The teachers all care for their students and want the very best for Them. The time and dedication the staff, teachers and the PTA put forth is noticed. Parents that don't take time into their child's education will reflect through poor judgment and negativity towards the school. I am a proud mother of Burbank!! I LOVE the children, staff, teachers and of course the PTA too! The PTA always have great activities for the whole family and truly support the school through students and teachers. Thank you Burbank for everything you have done to help my children succeed.
This isnt more so about the school its about Hampton City Public Schools all together. It is awful. The kids spend more time out of school then in. The curriculum is outdated and not challenging at all the days that they do go. Be prepared and have babysitters because these schools have more half days and closing then any school district I've ever seen. So far my child has been out of school almost a total of 30 days due to breaks, random closings or whatever else they come up with.Plus these kids go to school at 7am and out at 1:50pm I have never heard of kids getting out so early usually its 7am until about 2:30. I cant wait to move and get my son into a better school district.
This school was not the best school and the teachers yelled a lot at the children. I remember when another student cut my hair on purpose and another student took my backpack off the hook and threw it on the ground and kicked it. Another kid kicked dirt in my mouth so there was lots of bullying in this school! Another thing I remember is when we were being sent to the bathroom to use it and this other girl took a fake laptop made of paper and wrote a whole bunch of bad words on it. The only reason I'm giving one star is because they taught spanish and I like it because at most elementary schools they don't have time to teach other languages. I went to this school for one year when I was in second grade and now I am in 5th grade at point o view and I am doing very well now.
The worst school EVER!!! Moving my child to another school because of the neglect of the teachers and administration.
I completely agree with one aspect of a fellow parent's review below - before you send your kids there you SHOULD check it out!! IT'S WONDERFUL!!! Truly awesome teachers!!! New administration is fantastic!!!! The school's PTA is very active!!! All events I've attended at the school are timely, engaging and fun!!!! The rating on this school is TOTALLY NOT representative of Burbank!! Just come see for yourself - seriously! I have talked with parents that we exceptionally hesitant about sending their kids to Burbank because of the school's rating, until they came to the school's themselves. Now, those parents are recruiting other parents to change their kid's school to Burbank!!!
This school is sorry! The teacher thought a 70 on Benchmarks was GOOD (??????) no wonder they are rated so poorly, They dumb down the system so inner city kids can pass. sad, sad, sad, and my child will NOT go there another year, or any Hampton City School! Disgraceful to the education of America's youth!
I have two children at Burbank this year and have been very pleased with the school, teachers, and staff. I have been very impressed with the parent involvement and stress by the administration (and Title I) on parent involvement, student improvement and all around student growth. The PIF (Parent Involvement Coordinator) is fabulous and I have been nothing but pleased with the additional programs, activities and support provided to help each and every student grow to their full potential. The family atmosphere is refreshing, the PTA programs are fun and inviting, and the Title 1 activities are well planned and fun. I am highly likely to rezone my kids for Burbank even if we move!!
This by far the worst school my children have ever attended! Before sending your children I strongly suggest checking it out for yourself.
This school is very unsatisfactory. It is the worst school my children have been to. I had a chat with the principal becuase there was a new "NO TALKING" rule during lunch and that book reading was only allowed during that time. So I talked to the principal and was told the reason was because the were UNSAFE issues going on during lunch time. So my thought is I am sending my children to an unsafe school enviroment. You walk into the school and there in no laughter, no smiling, you wouldn't know you were walking into a school. It was more like a prison. My 11 year old who was in 5th grade was in class and there was some kids being disruptive and the teacher told the entire class that they were disgusting! What kind of teacher would say that to to there class. This schoolo is worried about SOL testing and nothing more. It doesnt matter if your child behaves and follows the rules, the teachers still treat them as if they are bad. I was very unsatisfied with this school and I would tell any parent to have there child rezoned to antoher shcool or home school them . I had my 3rd grader rezoned this year. Well worth the sacrifice of driving her to school everyday.
I have four children...a rising 11th grader, rising 5th grader, rising 3rd grader, and a rising Kindergartner. My oldest child went to Burbank, but we moved and unfortunately had to leave. I was so unhappy with his new school that I actually rezoned him for Burbank and sacrificed driving him to and from school everyday. Thankfully, we moved to a neighborhood zoned for this school in 2005 and I haven't ever had a problem that wasn't resolved in a timely fashion. The teachers are caring, supportive and the same goes for administration. I know the new schools are about to open, but I believe the family-like atmosphere is something you don't take for granted. It doesn't happen overnight. This school recognizes achievements with ongoing support and functions to encourage students (accelerated and special needs) to maintain and/or exceed past their limitations.
@ 4/13 and 4/12 Do it, and don't wait a minute longer. Moving schools SAVED one of my children, who was literally being destroyed by neglect. Neglect I firmly believe is the result of the administration concerned only with ONE thing: SOL scores of a particular demographic of student. Students of all abilities are lumped together in classes, and I'll give you one guess who gets left out in the cold. They also are NOT forthcoming about attacks and other incidents with your children. I had to learn about one against one of my children through another parent who happened to be at the school.
My son currently goes to Paul Burbank Elementary. I can't think of anything good to say about it. I am on this site today looking for another school for my son to attend. Several of my son's friends' parents have also withdrawn their sons from Burbank.
If you are thinking of having your children attend this school... DON'T! This was my daughters first year at this school and it was nothing but a nightmare! It seemed that every other month I was getting a note sent home or phone voice mail telling me how another kid has punched, bit, or choked my daughter again but since there were not markings she was sent back to class.....The kids to teacher ratio is very over whelming.....way too many kids for one teacher even though she has an assistant. The principle and office staff seemed really nice and knowledgeable when we registered our daughter for this school...now I wish I would have put her in a different school. She will be attending a different school next year!
This school is great my kids love it and I love the small class size and individualized attention
I've had the pleasure of being a Burbank parent going on 4 years now. After my son spent a year under the wrong special ed classification at Forest Elem, I wrestled with the dept of special ed to even get him classified, because he has a form of autism but not the actual disability. Once he was rightly classified and placed at Burbank, my son's ability soared! Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Cary are phenomenal, loving teachers who teach each child according to their individual needs. I was so pleased with the administration (Ms. Jackson, Dr.Rogers-Rader, and Mrs. Berkheimer) that when it came time for my daughter to enter K, I applied out of zone. We were blessed to have our daughter placed in Ms. Powell-Riedl's class & now she has Mrs. Saab. All GREAT teachers! The IB program is one of a kind. A great school, all around!
I have found quite the opposite when dealing with this school system as compared to some reviews below. They have a wonderful program and sense of ownership of any issues that I have had as a parent. My child is doing very well and they have special programs to assist him with his challenged areas
This has got to be the worst school that I have ever encountered...I have 5 children which four have gone thru elementary, middle school, high school and college. The youngest is now attending burbank and is in second grade. It has been a horrific experience for him. His teacher is basically there to collect a paycheck as ,I feel, are some of the administrative staff. There coopoeration with parnets concerning the child is non exsitant. I have called over and over concerning issues with my child and always have to call back when asking to speak with his teacher and the principal. There was a conference set up at one point to which I came, on time...even early mind you, yet noone was able to make it to the meeting on time but myself and his speech teacher. Please rethink sending you children here....
The 'new' administrators are now in their 2nd year. They are NOT supportive with any parent concerns - only how they look to SAC. They are so concerned with doing test after test with the students that the wonderful, highly qualified teachers don't have time to teach. I am activley looking for an out of zone school for my child for next year.
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