Bryant Elementary School

★★★★★
  • 1 E Tryon Ave

    Teaneck, NJ 07666

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  • 201-833-5545

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Strange to have a town's public school available for review, but here it is, so I'll add my thoughts. This school is just great! This is 2011, and times being what they are, school budgets are severely underfunded. The Baby Boom generation's kids have "aged out" of the K-12 public school systems, so it seems immensely popular to vote against the school budgets, no matter what they are the first time up.

Bryant School still manages to maintain the nurturing atmosphere necessary for children to thrive and sustain a love of learning that will last them through the arduous journey of school and of life!

Thank goodness we have such dedication where it counts in the classrooms and offices of this school! Yes, it's easy to say that's what should be expected when one performs a job, but seriously, think about YOUR own job, or jobs you've had. Think about your coworkers, and all the times it seems folks are trudging through, genuinely disliking what they do, watching the clock, and trying to shortcut where they can.. you can't do that with the fragile development of young minds at stake. I've met the staff at Bryant personally, so I know they have a love for what they do. One has to love children beyond what is required of you to do the average job because you only want to cash a check.

I grew up in one of the largest urban cities, attended school in the trenches of a big city public school system where just getting through any given day safely was a victory, let alone achieving some viable academic progress. I can still remember, and I'm eternally grateful, to those teachers that treated their jobs more like a calling in life and guided me through many of the rockier times. So much cannot be charted in a standardized test. I am very grateful that my children are in the hands of the caring adults that run Bryant school. I'm sad that it will only be for one year, but hopeful that this is an example of the exceptional support they'll receive as they progress through the future levels in Teaneck's system.

Bryant has that classic noble front facade with huge columns that looks downright Ivy League in appearance. They enjoy a large yard for outside activities. One budget limited aspect is evident in the gymnasium, where it is not equipped with lighting bright enough to put on a presentation that can make use of the stage properly, and in being an older facility, there is no central air conditioning, nor a stable built in audio system for the full house gatherings. They are very dependent upon parents and supporters donating school supplies and contributing personal time, not just for their own child's usage, but for the greater good of the school.

Keep in mind, though, that a child's education cannot be successful without the parents' involvement. I quickly found out that there is homework in kindergarten! I don't think I had this much homework in high school! There are projects to be done, in the class as well as at home, and journals the children use to express their thoughts and share their experiences. The "See Spot Run" curriculum of my day seems like the Stone Age compared to how fast paced and technology savvy the world is today. Today's child must so learn at a much more aggressive pace, while battling against so much more negative influences in society. School is so much more than the place you drop your kids so you can go to work. We must think of it as vital member of our families.

The current principal, Dr Bourne-Busby is best described as an enthusiastic ray of sunshine! I could use even greater superlatives, but you may not believe a person can be so positive and inspirational in overseeing an institution at the kindergarten and preschool level. It's so nice to see it is not a trait of a bygone era to have an educational administrator regard her charges as one would their own family, and to sincerely care about all the aspects, great and small, that makes the educational mission successful.

I recommend this school highly. I would want to have my child here even if it didn't happen to be the area school. Sometimes you just get lucky, and can be thankful their start on the journey of education and life has such a solid partner working with you.

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★★★★★

Strange to have a town's public school available for review, but here it is, so I'll add my thoughts. This school is just great! This is 2011, and times being what they are, school budgets are severely underfunded. The Baby Boom generation's kids have "aged out" of the K-12 public school systems, so it seems immensely popular to vote against the school budgets, no matter what they are the first time up.

Bryant School still manages to maintain the nurturing atmosphere necessary for children to thrive and sustain a love of learning that will last them through the arduous journey of school and of life!

Thank goodness we have such dedication where it counts in the classrooms and offices of this school! Yes, it's easy to say that's what should be expected when one performs a job, but seriously, think about YOUR own job, or jobs you've had. Think about your coworkers, and all the times it seems folks are trudging through, genuinely disliking what they do, watching the clock, and trying to shortcut where they can.. you can't do that with the fragile development of young minds at stake. I've met the staff at Bryant personally, so I know they have a love for what they do. One has to love children beyond what is required of you to do the average job because you only want to cash a check.

I grew up in one of the largest urban cities, attended school in the trenches of a big city public school system where just getting through any given day safely was a victory, let alone achieving some viable academic progress. I can still remember, and I'm eternally grateful, to those teachers that treated their jobs more like a calling in life and guided me through many of the rockier times. So much cannot be charted in a standardized test. I am very grateful that my children are in the hands of the caring adults that run Bryant school. I'm sad that it will only be for one year, but hopeful that this is an example of the exceptional support they'll receive as they progress through the future levels in Teaneck's system.

Bryant has that classic noble front facade with huge columns that looks downright Ivy League in appearance. They enjoy a large yard for outside activities. One budget limited aspect is evident in the gymnasium, where it is not equipped with lighting bright enough to put on a presentation that can make use of the stage properly, and in being an older facility, there is no central air conditioning, nor a stable built in audio system for the full house gatherings. They are very dependent upon parents and supporters donating school supplies and contributing personal time, not just for their own child's usage, but for the greater good of the school.

Keep in mind, though, that a child's education cannot be successful without the parents' involvement. I quickly found out that there is homework in kindergarten! I don't think I had this much homework in high school! There are projects to be done, in the class as well as at home, and journals the children use to express their thoughts and share their experiences. The "See Spot Run" curriculum of my day seems like the Stone Age compared to how fast paced and technology savvy the world is today. Today's child must so learn at a much more aggressive pace, while battling against so much more negative influences in society. School is so much more than the place you drop your kids so you can go to work. We must think of it as vital member of our families.

The current principal, Dr Bourne-Busby is best described as an enthusiastic ray of sunshine! I could use even greater superlatives, but you may not believe a person can be so positive and inspirational in overseeing an institution at the kindergarten and preschool level. It's so nice to see it is not a trait of a bygone era to have an educational administrator regard her charges as one would their own family, and to sincerely care about all the aspects, great and small, that makes the educational mission successful.

I recommend this school highly. I would want to have my child here even if it didn't happen to be the area school. Sometimes you just get lucky, and can be thankful their start on the journey of education and life has such a solid partner working with you.

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