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Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy PCS1
Posted May 26, 2014
- a community member
We entered the unified lottery this year and got offered a place at Bethune. I tried numerous times to call them to enroll at the school and no one ever called me back. When I finally got through to a person to ask about how I would enroll the person hung up on me. I enrolled elsewhere. The administration is incompetent.
My son has been a scholar here since PreK-3 and has truly blossomed into a critical thinker that is caring, self-driven, and has zeal for learning. My son is now an 8th grader and I am beyond satisfied with the quality of education that he has received at MMBDA. The school leadership is phenomenal, implementing the IB program, problem-based learning, and the arts. My son started in the Spanish-Immersion Program at 3 years old, and is quite proficient and has been accepted to one of the highest performing high schools in the city. I have recruited family members, neighbors, and friends to Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy and they are also impressed with the school's impact on their children academically and socially. I rate MMBDA with 5 Stars. Thanks for the difference you have made in my son's life.
This school is incapable of professionalism. Do not send your child here. There's a serious bullying issue against the children that want to excel and the children that don't (which is 90% of the school population). I don't see great things for this school, its unfortunate because I had such high hopes for this school. My child will be leaving at the end of this year.
My son has attended MMBDA for the past three years and my younger son will start in the fall of 2014. Even though my kids hear Spanish at home, I noticed a definite uptick in their spoken Spanish after my oldest entered the school and my oldest is reading at least two grade levels above his current grade. I'm thrilled with the diversity of the teachers and I've been very pleased with the commitment and responsiveness of the administration. My hope is that more parents will become involved with the school as they enroll their children, adding their time and talent to the mix for the benefit of all the students and our community.
It is so obvious that the great reviews are written by the school administration more than likely the Executive Director. This school is one of the worst in the city. I don't understand how they remain open. Grades are NOT earned, the children are bad, there are no books and the building is cold during the winter. MY child has told me stories of classmates being extremely disrespectful to teachers, cursing and trying to fight them, and nothing was done about it. Bullying is a serious issue and it never gets addressed. Students are just socially promoted without grasping everything throughout the school year. The test scores are horrible too. Do not send your child to this school. the neighborhood is pretty and that's it. I would never enroll my child here again!
My children attend MMB Day Academy for over 5 years. My daughter graduated from MMB 2009. I love this school. My kids hate it because they force them to work hard. Grades are EARNED, not GIVEN. Uniform strong required. Only thing I don't like are simple little things can get you suspended. Some parents can be tough on the teachers about their children, but, sometimes we need to accept that are kids act different from home than at school.
This will be my granddaughters third year in MMBDA and she is thriving. I really like the teachers and believe she couldn't do any better anywhere else. She looks forward to going back at the end of summer and can't wait to see her teachers and friends again. I am thankful for the before/after care which really helps me since I work.
I do not care for this school anymore. In the past it seemed to be a school of high praise, but I'm not seeing a connection between students & teachers, no connection between parents & teachers, or any connection between the principal & the school staff. Bullying is a constant at this school & the issue is being neglected. This past school year, there were teachers that quit in the middle of the school year which raises red flags. When asked about why the teachers quit, they dismiss the subject. There is just too much going on in this school with no communication between the staff. Dr. Wyche has been diverting all subject matters toward others or she avoids it all together. I wish to remove my child from this school promptly. I do not wish for my child to attend another year at this school here. I am frantically trying to find a new school because I cannot suffer through another year of this. All In All, DO NOT ENROLL YOUR CHILDREN HERE UNLESS YOU JUST HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE.
My son started PK3 at Bethune in the Fall of 2012. We have been very happy with the commitment and level of caring of the teachers. We continue to be impressed by the level of warmth of all of the staff members. My son's Spanish language skills have grown tremendously.