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Virginia Beach, VA
Students enrolled: 200
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4444 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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(757) 464-4636
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June 17, 2014
This school is owned and operated by some.of the dirtiest, money hungry back stabbers in Virginia Beach. First they tell the families they're dedicated to educating our children and beg us to please 're enroll for the upcoming school year. Just 2 weeks later they tell their teachers and staff they've sold half the school property to one of the dirtiest builders in Virginia Beach (no surprise that his name appears on the parent advisory committee) and that the school will be closing so they can ride into the sunset debt free. Just 24 hours after that announcement came the announcement that the school will be open. And now again 2 weeks after that announcement comes a phone call that the school is indeed closing. They've signed teacher contracts and taken thousands of dollars from families that would have been looking elsewhere for schools for their children if they had been honest from the very beginning and said they wanted to take the money and run. They're no more dedicated to educating children than my lazy house cat. Shame on all of them for misleading innocent children and families and making us all believe there was something bright and hopeful waiting to happen at BLP.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
I have been going to Baylake Pines for 4 years now and I love it! I have excelled in all of my subjects and love all of the teachers. This is my 5th school and by far the best. All of the teachers are willing to help with problems. We just got new computers that are fully updated. Almost all of the middle school students participate in sports. It is a loving environment and everyone feels like family.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2014
My son and daughter have been going to this school for over 6 years. The self esteem, and level of confidence that they have received from the teachers will follow then for the rest of their life . The family within the school gives the kids a chance to flourish and come out of their cocoon to become the butterfly that they are meant to be. The fact that every teacher at the school knows both of my kids by name really means something. The P.E. teacher Mrs. Beasley really encouraged my child to join a sport team while he may not have been the best player he was willing to give it a try. To have a school where the teachers actually take the time to really get to know your kids and to only help they excel means the world. My son was sick for a month of school which was stressful on its own the teachers really went all out to help him catch up. Mrs. Stearney was willing on her own time to tutor him and helped him with what was missed in class. Each teacher has giving my kids something special along the way to make them excel and become the wonderful kids they are today.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
My son has went to this school for 8 years. I can't say enough about BayLake. Great teachers, great programs, summer programs, traditions, classes, teachers and just an all around A+ school. BayLake is the best school in the VA Beach area.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
Wonderful school. The negative reviews are only because this is anonymous. I have taken my son to almost all the after school functions, to school, summer camps, programs and school for the last 11 years. I can say for a fact that this school is great. The faculty is amazing. Although our son is about to graduate, we will be back with our daughters. We love Baylake!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
I have gone to Baylake Pines since pre-school and it has been an excellent experience. There are great teachers and great students. Baylake pines is a well educated school and will go on for many years to come.

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2014
We love this school! He was nohappy at his previous school and felt that he didnt fit in! This school gave him self confidence and made him feel like he was part of a family! Extremely caring and compassionate staff and students!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
We love this school. Our daughter loves this school. I must admit I was hesitant to send her to Baylake Pines School since we live in a decent public school district (and we could use the money...). However, after two years at Baylake Pines I am completely sold. The education and "life" values taught at Baylake Pines are simply priceless. You will not find anything that compares in any public school (or more expensive private school, for that matter).

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
The teachers at baylake are amazing! They are the most loving and encouraging! They take the time and effort to recognize and applaud all accomplishments! The one on one time and education and guidance that is given is priceless! The faculty and fellow parents at baylake make ya feel like family from the first time you walk in the door! Hands down baylake is the best thing tpo happen to my daughter and our family!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
My wife and I have had four children go through various levels of this school. We have had one, or more, of our children enrolled in BLP for 15 years, continuously and during that time have over 28 years of childhood educational experience with the school. It is an AMAZING school! The teachers are committed to caring for, nurturing and teaching your kids. They operate at an accelerated rate that is above the local public schools, even though we live in an area with "very good" public education. Some of the comments stated and repeated here are silly. The administrator pours her heart, life and love into the school and has the best interests of the students and their families at the center of how she operates it. Parental involvement...if some haven't felt like their involvement was encouraged, then they had their heads in the sand. My wife, especially, has opportunity to involve herself almost daily...and the teachers and administrators LOVE it! Two of our kids are in college now, two are in elementary school. No school locally can compare. If you are thinking about it, and have the chance, enroll your children. They will thrive, and be loved and encouraged. AMAZING SCHOOL!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
My children have attended Baylake Pines since they were in preschool at 3 years old. My daughter will be graduating from 8th grade this year with Honors as she has maintained throughout her career here at Baylake Pines and moving onto the Health Science Academy at Bayside High School. My son is in the 5th grade and will be coming back to Baylake for his middle school years. He is an excellent student, but has a few subjects that are a challenge and the family at Baylake pines exceedingly meets his needs with love, compassion, and the one on one attention that he requires. The class sizes are small and all the children's needs are able to be met by the teacher's. The teacher's are the best in the beach, they really LOVE what they do and truly enjoy being with the children and watching them blossom into well educated and well rounded individuals. I highly recommend Baylake Pines to anyone looking for a great place to entrust your children's education and well being.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
My two children have been at Baylake since the three year old program and my son is now a seventh grader and my daughter a second grader. The reason I initially chose Baylake was for the small class sizes but my kids have gotten so much more than just that. Baylake is a loving and wonderful place to be. The curriculum is challenging and the teachers treat each student like their own. The teachers are always accessible and available to speak to parents and will help in anyway to make school a positive and successful experience for kids. I have watched my children thrive and really come into their own identities because of the nurturing environment at the school. They have a quiet self confidence that shines through in everything they do. If you're looking for a state of the art building and grounds type of school, then Baylake is not for you. But if you are seeking a school that considers the whole child and encourages them to grow in each facet of their personalities, then Baylake is the right choice. There is no "perfect school" but Baylake has been the perfect place for my family.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
We have had our 3 children at Baylake Pines School for going on 5 years. We have absolutely fallen in love with the teachers and staff at this school. Both the upper and lower schools have the most caring, compassionate and approachable people you can imagine. We feel that the academic programs are fantastic and teachers work hard to offer challenges for the gifted students while encouraging those who need extra help in some areas. There are wonderful after school programs at the lower school. We love this school and are so excited to be a part of the future here. A very special place!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
Our children have been at Baylake Pines for four years, ever since we moved back to the area and it has been a godsend! The teachers have mastered the art of being caring and yet academically challenging. Everyone in the school knows both of my children by name (as well as us parents). Middle school has given my daughter a superb foundation in math, Science, composition, grammar, music, French, and art while allowing her personality to bloom in a small, caring environment. This school has given my children an education but in a way that they are better people for having been there. We just love this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
Bay Lake Pines School This school has been a mainstay in Va Beach for over forty years. Thank you BLP for the education you have provided my four children over the past eight years. I am very appreciative of the staff, teachers, and coaches that have positively influenced my children. Special thanks for Ms. Beasly for loving and teaching the kids like they were her own. Thank you for the dynamic duo of Ms. Waite & Ms. Sterny for the best one two punch in elementary education. Thank you Mr. Taylor & Mr. Hall for teaching the middle school young men core values that are in such supply in todays society. The education you have provided countless individuals in our community has been priceless. Brett Kassir

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
Baylake Pines is a fabulous school. The teachers are amazing and the "family" feeling permeates throughout. If what you want is an advanced education that also fosters character, then this is the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
BLP is a wonderful, caring place for children to learn and grow. I agree that the facilities are not state-of-the art (but not nearly as out of date as some posters would lead you to believe), but I am more interested in my child getting a great education in a loving, supportive environment than I am in "shiny things." My child was at a school that had all the bells and whistles previously, but the school was more interested in selling that aspect of the school than caring for and educating the children. I can attest that my child's well-being and education are the primary concerns of her teachers at Baylake Pines. Don't judge a book by it's cover!

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
This school is a treasure in this area. Both my children are flourishing here, and I agree that the new director of the lower school is phenomenal. The teachers care about their students and give them challenges based on their abilities--- kids who need more attention get it, but kids who are gifted and need extra challenges are connected with them as well. The school cares about the character of the kids, recognizing that that part of education is learning how to become a good citizen and part of a community. I am pleased that parental involvement is encouraged but parents are not forced to take on unreasonable tasks (as is sometimes done at other schools). Come inside and meet the folks who make this a wonderful place to educate children, and talk to the parents who love it-- everything that's truly physically needed is there--from a great outside area to run around outside to brand new computers-- but it's the people and teachers that make it wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
My children and I have been a part of the Baylake family for the last three years. Both of my children have flourished there and the teaches are amazing. The new director of the lower school cares a great deal about parental involvement and the small class sizes promote constant parent/ teacher interaction. I know every child in my children's classes and most of their parents. BLP is a family that I am truly proud to be a part of!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
Not a great experience for our family -ancient workbooks for EVERY child. No independent teaching at all and for what we are paying, I expect more than that. Same homework, boring worksheets for every child. We will not be returning. My child has not been challenged at all and I am afraid is behind academically.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
This has been a fine experience for our children. The kids have been treated fairly and have been given an opportunity to learn. We fell very fortunate to have found this gem of school in the Hampton Roads area.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2012
This review I read posted below was true for me. I went to Baylake for two years and had the most self-esteem crushing time of my life: "Past reviews I feel are very important now- "Principal is VERY controlling.. Minimal parent involvement encouraged" - "disappointed in the principal.. amount of control & power she has" - atmosphere of intimidation among staff & director - warned 'not to get on her bad side!' Wonder why the upper classes are small? This "atmosphere" isn't confined to staff, a caste like system filters entire school. A child can also be on the "outs list" which = psycological damage & pain" SO TRUE! PLEASE DON'T PUT YOUR LOVED ONES THROUGH THIS!!

- submitted by a community member
March 02, 2012
My nieces and nephews attend this school and they absolutely love it! The teachers are friendly and enjoy teaching!

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2011
If you're looking for an accelerated curriculum, a nurturing environment with individualized, student focused teaching, an award winning foreign language program, PE and recess daily, music and art instruction/appreciation, as well as open communication in a non-institutional environment, this is the place. We live in the "top rated public school district" (quoted from our Va. Pilot newspaper) but not every place is for every child. Its the parent's responsibility to determine what that is. Our experience (over 6 years with 2 children) is that the lines of communication are wide open between the teachers, administration and parents, family involvement and input is encouraged (and should be required- after all, its your child) and there is a ton of love at BLP. Its hearbreaking to hear about any child having a negative experience at any school. Hopefully the Oct. 2010 poster found a better fit for his/her child. Would be curious to hear about the rest of that story (what drove the initial school change, etc.) By the way, I went through our VB public schools and turned out just fine.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
Read these "before" sending our child to Baylake, the negatives I thought "well there's always a few nuts". After a while, our kid who had always loved school, for the1st time ever started to complain. Saying "I think the teacher hates me" " she's mean to my friend --- too" the 1st sign of many I wish I'd taken more seriously. Past reviews I feel are very important now- "Principal is VERY controlling.. Minimal parent involvement encouraged" - "disappointed in the principal.. amount of control & power she has" - atmosphere of intimidation among staff & director - warned 'not to get on her bad side!' Wonder why the upper classes are small? This "atmosphere" isn't confined to staff, a caste like system filters entire school. A child can also be on the "outs list" which = psycological damage & pain. I now sorely wish I'd listened to the "nuts"

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 31, 2010
This is our first year at BLP and we love it! I love that all of the teachers and staff, not just her own teachers and bus driver, know my daughter. She is definitely a big fish in a small, cozy pond at BLP. She has excelled in BLP's advanced curriculum and we love all that BLP has to offer even the lower school children: French, two music classes, science, library, Gymstrada, P.E. The student to teacher ratio is terrific and a full-time aide in every room allows the teacher to split the children into different reading groups based on their abilities. Without that flexibility, I'm afraid my daughter would get bored and lose interest quickly! We love everything about BLP and plan to stay all the way through 8th grade! We would higly recommend the school to anyone looking for an advanced curriculum taught in a small, nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
My three girls have been at Baylake since pre-K, and they are all in middle school now. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect school. Baylake combines love, patience, discipline, and a great curriculum to create the perfect environment for children to grow and learn. My fourth daughter went to several different schools, none of which offered the environment we were looking for in a school.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2009
My children have attended Baylake since they were in kindergarten. BLP offers something most schools do not-an accelerated curriculum in a nurturing environment. The teachers know our children, their strengths and weaknesses, within weeks of the first day of school. I am confident that if there is a problem with any of the students, the teachers work tirelessly with a smile on their face to remedy it. The teachers are knowledgable and skilled. The administration is professional and caring. The doors are always open and all questions are answered. Most importantly, my children's character has developed with the high moral and ethical standards at BLP. You must overlook the facility-like I tell my children-it's what's inside that counts.

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March 31, 2009
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no rating March 14, 2009
My daughter has attended Baylake Pines since she was in kindergarden (5th grade currently) and she has excelled at the school. The children have the advantage of small class size and individual attention. It is considered a feeder school for Norfolk Academy and many of the children end up there after Baylake or other similar top schools in the area. I will admit that the buildings could use updating, but the tuition I pay here is less that other larger schools of its type.

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January 04, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
December 25, 2008
Buildings and grounds are poorly kept. The teaching is unimpressive.

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August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2008
Baylake Pines School is an absolute blessing!! It's family like atmosphere, combined with a demanding academic standard, and its top of the line moral behavior code, is just what the children of this country need. Things are not stolen, lockers do not have locks, the students actually like each other. All the teachers know all the students by name, and the parents as well. Tuition is a struggle, but can you imagine what it must cost to insure a school like this, let alone pay the teachers, electric, books, etc, with out government subsidies! I am a Girl Scout Troop leader, and the things I hear from my girls about other local schools scare me, and make me sick. The children going to Baylake Pines will actually have a chance to form a good and decent character, before going on to High School. One very satisfied parent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2008
I would like to preliminarily thank the students of Baylake Pines Private School for the most generous and heartwarming donation they made to the Suffolk tornado victims. These compassionate children raise $792.00 for The Fuller Center For Housing. It is with such heartfelt appreciation that I accept this check and will be calling upon the administration to arrange a visit to thank the children in person. I have made Millard Fuller aware of this wonderful gift and he will be calling up the children as well. I rate this school 10 stars for compassion and caring hearts!

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2008
My children have attended Baylake Pines since they were 3 years old. My daughter is currently in 2nd grade and has always excelled. She loves Baylake Pines and all of her teachers. She exhibits great citizenship and is very respectful to all of her teachers. My son is currently in the 4 year old program and loves his school and his teachers. He will be going to ALL Day Kindergarten next year. He has areas that he needs to work on, but his teacher has taking time to communicate his needs. She has also made recommendations to which we are exploring. His teacher genuine Loves him and all of her other students. All the teachers that we have encountered with our children have been wonderful. Yes, the school is a bit run down and could definitly use some upgrades, but that is NOT adversly affecting my children's education.

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January 04, 2008
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August 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
Third year for our child - lack of better public schools in our area keeps us here. Outdated curriculum, no computers until upper grades, French only language classes, academics are not reflective of other private schools here. Mix of great teachers and those who should find a new profession. High teacher student ratio. Principal is VERY controlling, and not with good results. Minimal parent involvement encouraged or solicited except for fund raisers. NO PTA, and NONE encouraged. Principal & administrator pushed Primary grade between K and 1st as 'gift of time' based only on age regardless of academic abilities. Doors often unlocked! Buildings old and in poor condition. We have no viable option or we'd go elsewhere.

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May 17, 2007
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March 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
Baylake Pines is a wonderful school. We moved our child from public school gifted classes to BLP, and are so happy with the challenging and nurturing environment. The teachers are all highly educated, talented, and caring, as is the Director. BLP has an accelerated curriculum, music, drama, French, sports, and a level of citizenship not found anywhere else. Family involvement is high. This is a wonderful school for Pre-K through 8.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2006
Our child attended 1st grade at Baylake, after which we decided to send him to another school. First, there were 26 students in the class, though it seems enrollment for the upper grades drops off and perhaps those classes are not as large. We also found there to be an atmosphere of intimidation among some staff and the owner/director. Such complaints were overheard first-hand while I volunteered at the school; I, too, was warned by others 'not to get on her bad side!' We found our child's teacher rather un-dynamic and very awkward with adults, making communication with her strained at best. While it seemed a difficult decision at the time to move our child to another school after only one year, we are much happier with our new school. Classes are half the size, facilities far better, and well, we prefer the more democratic environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
Poor environment as school needs to be updated. Kids are overly polite and nice, do not need to worry about child learning about the real world. Nice teachers. Tuition is overpriced by far for kids who are far from college.

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July 10, 2006
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June 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
Our children have attended Baylake since 1st grade and we have been very pleased. The class sizes are small and the teachers know all of the students. The principal is very involved with the students on a day to day basis. Our students place very high on all the national tests that are given and are one to two years ahead of the local public schools. We have great sports teams and coaches and all of the students have the chance to participate, if they desire. It is a well run school and the students shine because of it!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2006
Definitely a school for those that are just interested in a dull and protective enviroment with no challenging courses or creative learning. Teache/student ratio is high. The lower grades are in a separate building.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
My girls have been going to this school since 3 yrs old and thet absolutely love it. The classroom sizes are perfect. The teachers actually care for your child, evryone knows each other no matter what the age difference. My oldest daughter is about 2 grades above her cousins that are in public school. The staff have been there for many years which shows they love what they do I know most teachers are sad when summer time comes up and the parents at baylake are very involved in everything from plays to games to awards ceremony and even field day.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2006
(from student) I LOVE this school. The teachers are caring and understanding. The rules are strict but fair. The Baseball and Football fields are well kept and the tile floor in the gym will (hopefully) be replaced soon. The Computer lab has 30 state-of-the-art computers and the stage and Audio/Visual Equipment are in great condition. Oh, and the classes are small, most have between 15 and 20 students. Did I say that I LOVE this school?

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2005
This school has all you can get. They have a great football field and a big gym where meetings are hold. If you are looking for a school to your children, this is it. We, as parents, are very involved in the childrens activities, even when it comes to music, plays, parties and other important things in a childs life. Way to go Baylake!

- submitted by a former student
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Baylake Pines School
4444 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23455
(757) 464-4636
Last modified Baylake Pines School is a Private school
Baylake Pines School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top