We have been at this school since 2007 and have been happy with the teachers we have had and the amount of involvement parents have in the BIES community. I give the principal 3 stars because it is a new principal this year and it is too early to tell what his impact will be.
Brewer Island Elementary School is a public elementary school in Foster City. The principal of Brewer Island Elementary School is Alice Wycke. 675 students go to Brewer Island Elementary School and identify primarily as Unspecified, Multiracial, and Asian. 19% of the Brewer Island Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 675 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Brewer Island Elementary School is 21:1. Audubon Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- P.E. classes
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||2%||11198%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0%||0.1%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||4%||30%|
|Limited English proficiency||19%||26%|
I do not believe the idea of multiple grade combination class because each grade has its curriculum and teacher can only spend half time to teach it when class is combined with another grade. Worst part is parents received no communication from the School District regarding the arrangement. But with the increasing enrollment each year this seems to be a trend unavoidable.
Another incident our child has a bloody nose when we picked him/her up after school one day we went back to the classroom hoping to grep a tissue saw the teacher and she told us to go to the office and immediately closed the classroom door (classes were over!)!!!
The teachers at BIES are competent and all loving their students. Teachers getting up early and staying late show they are passionate at teaching. I'll express all my appreciation to the teachers who continue to motivate the kids academically and reinforce their lifeskills which are equally important to make them continue to succeed in life (this lifeskill can't be taught at Kumon). I feel lucky to have my kid raise at Brewer Island and kids learn what's perseverance; and we love the classroom activities and writer workshop taught in class. This is an awesome school!
RE "It's very sad how..." Your suggestion that teachers and principal "cover up accountability" To the teacher who got offended >> if you're from Brewer Island your attitude represents what the parent is insinuating. Getting up early and going to work is no criteria of being good or bad. My personal opinion is that the quality of teachers that i have had experience with wasn't up to the 10/10 rating given by this site. Perhaps there are better teachers. don't know? The principle looks like she's got a good head on her shoulders though. 2 stars for teacher rating 4 stars for Principal 4 stars for Parent involvement I know most of parent have their kids enrolled in outside classes like Kumon etc etc. Their performance probably inflates the achievements by the teachers. However its just my opinion. I would have to agree with the DMV comment (chuckle chuckle). Looks like if you're breathing you can get a job here and probably have no fear of getting fired what so ever...
This was a great school and I learned a lot from it. The only problem were the other students and my PE teacher. He bullied the kids who weren't athletic like me.
The front office staff... feels like they are DMV employees....I don't think the receptionist EVER smiles....it's the strangest ambiance ever
RE "It's very sad how..." Your suggestion that teachers and principal "cover up accountability" and keep passing along students is preposterous and insulting to BIES teachers who get there early stay late and "go to the mat" for their students everyday. Perhaps you should independently assess your child's ability and adjust your expectations.
It's very sad how the principal and the teachers cover up their lack of accountability at the expense of the student and just keeps passing them along and doing the bare minimum or doing the work for them. Senior fifth grade teacher doesn't listen communicate or hold student accountable. PATHETIC!
My daughter is in 1st grade at BIES and I feel incredibly grateful that we were able to transfer into it (Audubon is our neighborhood school). We feel so fortunate to have had the most amazing Kindergarten teacher last year. She was such a hands-on interested fun engaging balanced teacher and I couldn't have asked for anyone better for my daughter. This year she has an equally great teacher. I am happy as can be with the school and it's teaching staff//education standards//parent involvement.
My son attended the first year the new principle was installed.There was a problem with one of the male teachers inviting some of the boys out to the movies despite repeated admonishments. The principle did everything she could to defend the teacher. She was in total denial. She ended up with egg on her face when the teacher went AWAL and just up and disappeared one day. She was on the wrong side of that fence. Her judgment was horrendous. The potential damage of her inability to deal with a wayward teacher could have been enormous. It ruined some kids' year there. I hope she learned a lot from that.
My son is in kindergarten this year and we love this school so much. His teacher is well-qualified loves her students balances arts and academic and is very creative. My son enjoys his teachers and friends so much. I feel lucky to be part of this school and the class. It's a small school but every one has so warm and close connection. It's like a family. Highly recommended!!!!
I m not too impressed with this school or the teachers. My son is in kindergarten so I don t know a lot of the staff but I will say his teacher (while she seems qualified as a teacher) seems uninterested in my son as a person disorganized and generally detached and snappy. I m okay with her teaching ability but very disappointed with the personal relationship she s made (or rather has not made) with my son. As a whole whenever I am on campus I don't see many teachers with a smile on their face.
Although this school still can afford pretty good PE and music program it all comes down to the teachers. This year we got a non-communicative not interested and weird lady who should not teach any more. I am very very sorry.
We have been highly impressed by the dedication sensitivity and communication skills of our son's kindergarten teacher. The Principal has also been pro-active with communication and facilitating a strong start for our son and we really appreciate it.
We moved our son (5th grade) from a private school to BIES in 2009. We are extremely pleased with the support that his teacher the Principle and the staff provide. Our son demonstrates his initiative to help the school community and enjoys all activities including academic growth and stimulations. Since he is attending this school he is more motivated and experiencing a great school life in a diversified environment.
A school used to be very good before the current Priciple joined . Poor leadership low quality teachers - many good teachers left the school... Especailly you want to be aware if your kid will go to third grade. There is a terrible teacher in 3rd grade which your kid will learn nothing and complaning the boring school all the year - ask the current parents in school they all know.
My great niece and nephew go to Brewer Island Elementary and I have attended many functions as well as participated in a science fair. The teachers and the staff are amazing.
Great school with dedicated and caring teachers functional and responsive staff and amazingly efficient PTA. Parents are involved and contribute a lot as well. All work well together to make it simply the best Elementary school in Foster City. As a result kids do really well and school has very high API.
The teachers are great at Brewer Island and I like the lifeskills program that the principal Mrs. Wycke introduced. Problem solving Cooperation Sense of Humor Friendship and Personal Best these are the a few lifeskills that will benefit the children life long not just learn how to pass the tests or the scores.
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