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Brooklake Christian School1
Posted January 22, 2015
- a parent
We have been at this school for 3 years and this year has by far been the worst ever. The new principal is stuck on her high horse. The new administration is unwilling to help parents and students. The atmosphere is uncomfortable. No longer fun to walk in, the joy is gone. The curriculum is sub para. No extra activities. They put put a great image however it's not what you get when you attend. I high discourage enrollment at this school. Your better off send your kids to Military School, they may be able to laugh there.
New principal. What was a great community based school has become a concentration camp. Emphasis is more on dress code than teaching kids. Curriculum is not up to standard of a public school. Kids are unhappy. Administration is hypocritical in its teachings. If you want your kids being kept in the principals office all day because they did have the belt on required by dress code then this is the school for you. I am surprised that corporal punishment has not been instituted yet. Many families that have been here a long time are leaving in droves. It all sounds good at first gloss, just don't scratch the surface.
We have a three year old and a kindergartener, both attending Brooklake Christian this year. We couldn't be happier. We love the fact that we are in daily contact with Mrs. Solomonov (3) and Mrs. Manchester (K) regarding our kids' academic and behavioral status. We also enjoy daily access to Mrs. Ingraham, Head of Schools, and have discussed both the small details and big issues our children and family face. Academics are definitely a top priority, while building our children's faiths in a loving, Christ-centered atmosphere remain the ultimate goal. Brooklake isn't just a school; it's a home. We are so grateful to be here.
Boy did we mess up leaving BCS. Seems the grass is not greener with another Christian private school we moved on to. BCS was wonderful in many aspects and we miss the smaller school atmosphere for sure. Though BCS just went through many new changes with their admin and the school itself, we are still hearing good things about it. If you want a good convenient Christian private school in Federal Way, we still recommend this one even though we no longer attend.
My children both attended Brooklake, one for 8 years, and one for 4. I thought my kids' teachers were good (especially middle school), but the way that school is run is unbelievable. The church does NOT treat the school as a ministry of the church. The pastor never come to assemblies or events - my child didn't even know who the pastor was after attending for 8 years. Second, the administration is a joke. A music teacher was the principal, then a fantastic teacher (he was really good, so they let him go), then retiring teacher, and now a secretary (with no relevant experience) is principal? Teachers live in fear of losing their jobs; fantastic teachers are let go on the last day of school each year with no advance warning. Five years ago, they fired all of the middle school teachers, not anticipating that parents really liked those teachers. Middle school enrollment plummeted from about 60 students to only 15 total the next year, and the middle school is now closed. My kids had a great education, but if I were to do it over again, it would NOT be at Brooklake. The underhandedness, un-Christianlike behavior and deeds behind the scenes at BCS have no place in Christian school.
I have 2 children that attend Brooklake & I feel so blessed to have found this school. My kids love going to school every day & the teachers are amazing. They teach in a way that is fun, and both my kids are well ahead of the curve. In addition to reading, writing, & math, prayer and Bible study are also an important part of my kids' day. I'm so thankful they're learning in a place that is teaching them the same values at school as we are at home.
My honest review of this school is that it has had its ups and downs. Right now it is exactly where my children need to be. Over the last 8 years we have had three children attend and two are in attendance now. Not every school is a perfect fit for every family or child. We all have different expectations and needs. For my oldest she is thriving at a different Christian school. When we tried the same school for my son he fell apart. The other school was all about rules and regulations instead of loving my child and helping him develop a relationship with Christ. Where my children spend eternity is my first priority not the drama and politics that goes within private schools. Bottom line is Brooklake brought my son back to life with compassion and love. If the love of Christ isn't your first priority, send them wherever. If your focus is a CHRISTIAN education try Brooklake. And I think the negative reviews come from the mothers that I would always hear gossiping about everything in the halls.There always seems to be a few!
It is obvious the person writing this review is one of the many employees that work at the school and have their children attending there. If you talk to the vast majority of parents- ( I would say approaching 80%), they are very dissatisfied and on the way out. I should add that these are people that have attended the school for the last few years and have seen first hand what is happening at this school.
My daughter has been attending Brooklake for four years now and it is a wonderful place to send your children. The kids not only learn the basics, they are also taught how to treat others and how to behave. The teachers know all the kids and care about them. Recent reviews that were harsh were made by parents who were actually causing issues at the end of the school year and are just disgruntled. Give this school a try for yourself and see what happens!
I agree with the low reviews of this school. My children attended this school for 4 years and our experience was average. They cram 25 students per classroom. Poor library set up, no AR program. The curriculm was average but out of date compared to the school we now attend. Nepotism appeared prevalent and seemed to help if you were a member of the Church. Apppeared like a school with a Christian vibe, they fire teachers yearly without being truthful to them about renewing their contract, etc. There was no Principal, unless you count a secretary that was given the title of "School Administrator". Another person was the accountant and seemed to run the show. We left in 2012 to go to another Christian School and it has been a blessing. Both my children just received "A " Honors Roll, Top all around Student and other awards this year for 2013. My only dissapointment is that I did not have my children leave sooner. There was a 5th grade teacher that was supposed to be excellent, but we did not wait around for that due to quality level of this school spiraling downward. My children needed extra tutoring to keep up with their new school. However, we do miss the Chess Club!