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post #21 of 28

Anytime my daughter has fallen or has had a stomach ache I have gotten a call from the nurse and an intake form has come home for me to review. I am sorry your experience has been negative at the school. What a shame.
 

post #22 of 28

Hi there! I'm just bumping this old thread because my daughter is currently on the wait list for BIA's Spanish language-immersion program for 1st grade. She is No. 7 on the wait list, so I'm not even all that confident that she'll be accepted, but in the meantime, I'm fretting a little because I have heard such mixed things about the school. Can any parents of current BIA students (especially Spanish language immersion students!) tell me anything about their experiences this year? And, as a public school teacher myself, I know how important having a good teacher can be. Have a great teacher in a bad school can make all the difference. Does anyone have any information about any of the 1st grade Spanish teachers?

 

TIA!


Diane

post #23 of 28
My daughter speaks Spanish and learned English in was in Head Start and kindergarten, but attended the summer camp BIA in Chinese, she wants to stay to study first grade, but I have fear that is counterproductive to it .. I advise ..
post #24 of 28
Can anyone give me information about the French immersion program here? I have heard some no so good things about teachers and am considering applying. Please respond!
post #25 of 28

I know I'm late but my son is in french 1. He loves it. I love it. The teachers are so loving and helpful. I've actually learned to understand better by just sitting in. i can now understand 75% off what his teacher is saying during instruction .be patient it's worth it 

post #26 of 28

Hello!  My son is entering kindergarten next fall, and I will be applying to BIA.  Is anyone considering applying to the new Arabic immersion program that will begin next fall?  I'd love to hear from current parents!  It seems the school has mixed reviews, and I find the school website a bit off-putting....especially the level of strictness about the dress code.  Is it really that strict?  How is the current school leadership?  What kind of after-school program is offered?  Is there parent involvement?  Do the kids have celebrations....Halloween carnival, school skits, music performance, things like that?  Are art and music offered in kindergarten?  

Thanks!

post #27 of 28

This may be way late but if you have your child there I feel it is a good thing... my granddaughter is there (French) and she gets a great kick at being out teacher.... it was hard at first... but now it just rolls of her lips... you must understand that all things new can be hard... but with great parents/grands/aunts/so on can make life the best... just hold on... it will be worth it ... you will see...

post #28 of 28

Hello,

 

I'm reviving this thread in hopes of getting further insight into BIA.  My child was accepted for the new Arabic program, which I'm excited about, but I have some reservations.  I'm worried about the school's curriculum in particular.  I get the sense that it's a lot of direct instruction, rote learning, etc., which really worries me.  When asked about the curriculum at the Open House, the answer was vague, so I'm not sure what curriculum the school uses.  I'm also wondering if there is a strong school community, with family events, strong parent participation, etc.  I'm also concerned about the split campus.  

I'd love to hear from current parents at the school.

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