My son was one of the bullies. I tried to work with the school to control him and work with me on creating consistency to get him to be kind. They didn't care. I WAS TRYING TO GET THEM TO HELP ME STOP MY SON FROM BEING A BULLY. SERIOUSLY! THEY DIDN'T CARE.
I had to fight for my son to get an IEP. They didn't have services at the school for him, and they admitted that if they gave him the IEP he would be sent to another school and they would loose funding for his seat.
WORST TEACHER EVER! I over heard the teacher brag to another teacher that she found a craft project that would keep her student busy for hours so she could finishing her own homework for her masters program.
The teacher NEVER communicated. I would send multiple emails and nothing! There was ZERO communication. Maybe once a month I would get graded papers that I didn't even know existed. Spelling lists were never sent home.
This review pertains to kindergarten, for the most part. The school appears enthusiastic. Every morning the students and teachers participate in "exercises in enthusiasm" during announcements, where everyone has to stand up and strike an enthusiasm pose. They are improving about getting parents involved. They allow parents to eat breakfast with their children, which can be important if the children are in kindergarten. They expect a lot of the kindergarteners, especially being their first foray into standardized education. They expect them to be able to draw pictures, which may be somewhat unreasonable for those lacking an interest in art. I should mention they are a Title I school, receiving government funding to boost test scores.
In the past two years Belemont Elementary has been undergoing a lot of change. Change in administration, change in teachers, and change in test scores. The teachers that have continued on are obviously dedicated to the children and community and we appreciate them greatly. As a math and science specialty school, I am concerned to see such low math scores. The reading and math scores are low across the board. Until the administrators can find a way to work with the staff and parents to keep teachers and students happy at the school, it seems that Belmont will continue to be a below average school. Sadly, the people who actually live in Belmont Bay, less than a mile from this public school, choose private school or student placement elsewhere. It is truly a disservice to the community and Prince William County education.
Both of my daughters are new to this school. One is in 5th grade and the other is in kindergarten. They both really like their teachers. The kindergarten teacher Ms. Antolick is a great teacher. My daughter always looks forward going to school and really enjoys being in Ms. Antolick's class.
This school is really great. Teachers are extremely hardworking and pay attention to every child. Very good reading program, outstanding math program, and overall, academically speaking - the school is really good. Ms. Antolick is wonderful, our kindergarteners love her.
Our son transferred to Belmont to attend the Math & Science Program. The school is very diverse which we love! 4th & 5th grade students have 3 core teachers they rotate with everyday. Math, English/Reading, Socail Studies/Science + music, art, pe.... This has helped preparing for middle school block scheduling and organization. The staff is friendly and welcoming. They have tons of fun extra activites after school... Kick ball club, dances, talent show!