My kindergartener is going to Burnt Bridge Creek, Vancouver WA. I'm not impressed at all. At our parent/teacher conference, the teacher stumbled over our childs name but caught herself and got it right. Then we were pitched for the PTO, told the teachers had no money for copies and also that they were overworked. Then we were handed copies (but no money for copies?) of the kindergarten curriculum and with the comment "could you teach your child the curriculum? thanks." Then on to the next subject about the reading materials used in the classroom. Unbelievable.
Teachers are great and keep in great communication. School has great programs and the newer principal has nothing but the kids in mind. This school has turned around a great deal. My kindergartener has made huge leaps in knowledge and he was doing really well before he enrolled.
BBC is such an awesome school. The teachers are so nice and go out of their way with the children. You can tell they love their jobs and love what they are doing. The principal is also amazing. She truly cares about the students and the school.
My kids are in 2nd and 4th grade and have attended BBC since kindergarten. Both of my kids for the most part have had great teachers that have went above and beyond to help my child succeed. My youngest child's teacher has even attended a few baseball and football games outside of school time to see him play! The last 2 years we have had a new principal that has been great so far!
My children started going to BBC in October of 2009. This school has been a positive change for them as they love the teachers and really enjoy going everyday. They are doing an excellent job and their grades have improved dramatically. I highly recommend this school to all.
My child is in 4th grade and has gone to this school since Kindergarten. He is gifted and is shipped off to another school for the Excel program once a week. However, a neighbor of mine has a child who needed desperate help with reading and she was put in a special program at BBC and within a year was right up there with all her peers. Amazing improvement! She also needed help with math and they put her in some kind of a program that worked on her large motor skills and hand-eye coordination, which I guess helps work a similar portion of the brain (I think that was the reasoning?). Anyway, my point is, whether gifted or needing support, I have seen it taken care of at BBC. I am very comfortable having my child attend.
My experience has been similar. Children who test well or test below average get the attention they need to be successful. The average child who may be struggling, but needs a little more help can easily get lost in the crowd.
My daughter has attended this school for a couple of months now. She is bright, but has a hard time staying on task and paying attention. Rather then working with me to help address this issue, the teacher is too busy trying to direct a packed classroom, and she falls through the cracks. The average child and children that test really well do great here. Children who have a harder time keeping an interest aren't met half way; rather they're told to hurry up. BBC really needs to address this issue.
This is just a great school! The school teaches kids basic life school - show respect, do your personal best, follow direction, cooperate. They involve the families and have a good volunteer base. While working in the classroom I see an unbelievable amount of education happening. I would recommend this school to anyone. I believe it is just as good as any private school.
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