Well fell into this elementary school (my husband went to grad school at the UW, and we grabbed a house close by) without knowing much about it, and we feel so lucky that our children have benefited from this well-rounded educational experience. The yearly chess tournament is an annual highlight. Both science fairs are good, but the one for the upper grades is superior: all students work with a UW grad student as a science adviser. Thus, the displays are professional quality, and the young kids get exposure to real scientists working in the field. Additionally, many of the parents work at the U and come in to speak about their areas of expertise; certainly the proximity to the UW is a huge benefit, as it is often used as an enrichment resource for various units and subjects.
The kindergarten curriculum is first-rate, especially with its emphasis on civics and government, which is topped off with the yearly field trip to meet the Mayor and speak with City Council. All of SPS elementary math is much improved thanks to the new Singapore-style curriculum chosen in 2015, and we've seen that reflected in our children's work. Math club and after-school language offerings round out our kids' education at Bryant.
I'm very sorry to hear about the previous parent's bullying complaint. Bryant has a huge anti-bullying campaign, and stresses the inclusive 'Bryant Way' theme constantly, culminating with a year-end assembly that underscores it. I do know one child that left due to bullying this year, but Bryant was this child's 3rd or 4th elementary school due to this issue. My children have contended with (and probably reciprocated with) typical playground behavior, mainly 'who-likes-whom' childhood crush material. I don't think that's exclusive to Bryant--just a part of life.
Overall, not sure you could find a better all around elementary school in Seattle. One of so many reasons families no longer flee to the suburbs, but instead are raising kids in our beautiful city again!
My kids were relentlessly picked on here. Bad behavior goes unchecked over and over. Aggressive bullying is a genuine problem. The three reviews before mine are heavy on the aesthetics, historic architecture, beautiful neighborhood and upscale homes. None of these things add up to a warm, safe place to learn. Kids shouldn't be afraid to go to school in the morning. As for academics, they are so far behind we had to work very hard to catch up upon leaving Bryant. The worst part is that no one here seems to care, or at least care about the right things. Noses in the air, and the kids mirror that behavior. Kids who repeatedly get physical need to get the BOOT. Social justice should not replace actual learning. Posing needs to take a back seat to parenting. You can do it, Bryant!
Bullying is not addressed at this school at any level. Most reviews mention the beautiful neighborhood homes, historic architecture, etc. before mentioning anything regarding academics or character. That should tell you loads about this school and its inhabitants. Physically aggressive children rule the roost. Take your chances.
I visit loads of schools for work, and think Bryant is probably the crown jewel in the top notch NE Seattle public elementary cluster. The (fully-modernized) building is aesthetically beautiful, with 100-year-old classic 3-story brick architecture and giant, light-filled multi-pane windows right out of a picture book. But it's what's inside that matters most: excellent, devoted teachers, an advanced curriculum right out of the gate in kindergarten (Gallagher in particular prepares the kids for 5th grade rather than 1st), hard-working PTSA and more parent/grandparent involvement than they probably need! Our family has loved Gallagher, Chon, Richard, Koerner, Bernard, Matthias & Kereluck--all thoughtful, dedicated, instructors. Loads of after-school activities to choose from, too...chess? Tennis? Sewing? Cooking? And so many more. Wonderful community of kids, parents and teachers--I wouldn't want my children to go anywhere else.
The sense of community at this lovely school surrounded by large old trees and beautiful homes is unsurpassed. Teachers seem dedicated, kids seem happy, demographics lead to bright, motivated students and an active PTA. After school activities abound, the large playground is a welcome spot for the whole neighborhood.
My children were offered a place at (SPS academically gifted campus) Lincoln Elementary, and if Bryant were not so fabulous, I'd consider it. But why leave when Bryant offers the whole package? Great curriculum, tight community, top teachers, beautiful campus. We couldn't be happier that our children have had this elementary experience.
The issue with the before and after care for this year (and the subsequent transition to an outsourced, more expensive option) has highlighted an unbelievably poor principle in place at this school. It is a great school - the faculty is truly above the norm, but the lack of communication, and effective involvement of the principle is a real shame. I have no personal beef with Ms. Fox, but I really hope the district can find someone better suited to fill this position at an otherwise remarkable public school in a great community...
Demographics and proximity to UW help this school achieve high test scores. It is successful despite being plagued by years of dismal leadership. The district published School Climate Survey clearly highlights there is a problem at Bryant, yet administration remains intact. Teachers currently work under a principal who is known to push (good and bad) teachers out, not exactly great for morale or for developing a collaborative workplace. There is no clear discipline strategy, the recess stories my kids bring home resemble a modern day story of Lord of the Flies. Bullying often goes unaddressed. The curriculum is deficient, although that is a district wide issue, and Bryant teachers do their best to supplement. It is tough to break into the community, but that sentiment is Seattle in general. We have met many nice families, but it definitely will take an effort for new non-K students. I strongly feel this school has the potential to be a 'great school', but needs a new principal, and the district superintendent needs to work faster at making some necessary curriculum updates. Test scores don't paint the entire picture, teachers need/deserve a better environment to thrive!
Not sure why this school is so highly regarded. We're new to the school this year and there are very few opportunities to volunteer or contribute. Academics seem mediocre. Very little in the way of extracurriculars. Zero sense of community, no help for new families trying to feel involved (look at the reviews - one review a year about sums up Bryant when it comes to "sharing"). Feels like the teachers don't want you at the school. Unless you've been at the school since kindergarten, forget trying to meet other parents, or have your kids be accepted and included. Information for new parents is non-existent, but boy will you hear about it if you've done something incorrectly. And if you ask questions you're spoken to like a dimwit. Frosty reception at pickup is just icing on the cake (I've rarely had a smile returned). Just an odd vibe all around, and my kids feel it, too, despite my sincere efforts to make it seem like the best school ever. Sad. We'll be looking at other options next year.
Excellent school, as are all the NE Seattle public elementary schools. My two sons have enjoyed their time at Bryant. Considering just how high the test scores at Bryant and other NE public schools are, I'm still trying to figure out what those private school kids are getting for their money at this age! But I guess people still buy jaguar cars so go figure.