My son is a 2nd grader and started in Kindergarten here. At first I was reluctant having come from a private school background myself and this being a Title1 school. I am very impressed thus far and have had nothing but a great experience with teachers and administrators. The principal Mr Mitchell and VP Mrs Rosenbaum are great and always motivating and helpful. They seem to have excellent control of what is going on and what the school needs. Teachers seem to communicate with parents a lot. Only criticism I have is they need to give more homework but they have to follow the county guidelines on that.
Excellent principal, vice principal, administrators, great spirit, no bully policy, kids earn rewards, extra saturday classes to catch up, smashing bricks for SOLs, orchestra in 5th grade as an option, kids love this school. 3-5th grade teachers seem very good, high level of advanced degrees.
Bel Air made a lot of changes for the better when Bruce Lieby was brought in the year before my oldest (now in 5th) entered the school. Clint Mitchell (his asst principal) took over and has run with the base he was given. I am very impressed with the dedication of the teachers he has brought it. There are plenty of resource aides for those who need it. They are offering various programs from Saturday Academy to help students needing a boost, evening programs to help parents see what the students are learning, homework help nights, there is now a Head Start class in the school and there is talk of another summer class for rising Kindergarteners to help prep them for school in the fall.
My review is mixed: Both my children had great teachers here. On the other hand, both teachers are transferring to another school next year. One child is still at Bel Air and doing very well. The other was having troubles that the school wasn't addressing to our satisfaction. Efforts to resolve them with the staff left us feeling intimidated and demoralized. Of this academic year, one review has been posted. I concur with it in that the teachers are patient and willing to work with the children etc.
I am thrilled with Bel Air. I just learned that the PWC Schools are increasing Phys Ed and physical activity for students as well where many counties are cutting these programs! Academically I am pleased with Bel Air as well! Mr Leiby retired this year but his Assistant Mr Mitchell is taking over. We could not be more thrilled with his appointment to principal. We are certain he will continue the great work Mr Leiby did is his three years at Bel Air
We recently moved our children to this school from another PWC School and we are nothing more than astonished at the Leadership, commitment to success and care and safety of our children. The teachers are quality that our children have and have worked with us to make the middle of the year transfer smooth and eventless for our children. One of children has Type 1 Diabetes and the entire school from Mr. Leiby, front desk staff, school nurse, teachers and cafeteria staff have been extremely helpful and reassuring that our child is safe and developing educational wise while in their care during the day. Any parent with a child that needs medical assistance knows that the assurance you get from another while your baby is in someone elses care is golden. This has been an great school and hope that leadership and commitment continues. PWCS support your staff. $$$$$$$$$$$
Mr. Libey is a great improvement over the joke they had last year and it can honestly be said he genuinely cares for the children. As for teaching quality: These teachers have nil for a budget they do try their hardest for the kids, though I find some of the other teachers are falling back on that too much to say 'therefore I cannot do anymore for my job, so let the parents worry, let it fall on the parents,' even though some of us do partially home school our children. Then there's the attitude held held by a couple of the staff members that is purely draconian and they do not belong in an office environment dealing with children and parents. Overall, though, despite some people that need to be re-educated, the school has a caring staff.