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  • Braden River Middle School7

    Bradenton, FL | Manatee County


    June 15, 2014

    The staff is beat down. They can't advocate effectively for themselves nor their students. The teachers are gagged to talk to the parents and public by actions that can and have been taken by the administration and downtown. Like if you say anything that is not on the permission list, next year you get all students who are on grade level 1 without an assistant. This means they use the poor kids as cudgels against the teacher. She is overwellmed and can't be an effective techer because the principal loaded her down with students who do not follow instructions. Just because they are "highly rated" on a system that is suspect at the least is not a reason to send your child here.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 14, 2014

    Not a good school for special education. The staff did not meet my child's needs by teaching her at her level. My child was fragile emotionally but she was continually suspended for behavior she couldn't help. This school used a standard discipline code with no exceptions or understanding of the inner experience of my child. The adverse treatment sent her spiraling into severe depression. Worse, the administration and special ed. department blamed me and my child and took zero responsibility for their own harsh treatment. They didn't want me on campus. I do not fault the teachers with the exception of the special ed. dept. I'm in the process of writing an article and am using this school as an example with all names changed of course. The east Manatee schools have a good reputation for educating their more academically successful students. But I've heard abysmal reports of kids who don't fit that mold.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 26, 2013

    I'm a student at Braden River and it is an amazing school. The teachers really care about us and are really fun. We have rewards for good behavior and grades. They offer many extracurricular activities. Ofcourse there are occasional fight and such but that's only because you can't put almost 1,000 adolescents in one place and not expect conflict. I'm currently an 8th grader and my past two years have been the best school years of my life and this year is starting of to be the best ever. If u are considering letting your child enroll in this school don't listen to parents who don't experience what the students experience everyday at school. Listen to an actual students who says it the best school I have ever been to!

    May 28, 2013

    This school is horrible. It is full of drugs and criminals and the school teachers have completly lost control of the students. Dont bother to try and talk to anyone about being unhappy with it either because they dont care.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 18, 2013

    My daughter is a 6th grader at this school.. I would rate this school average. Some teachers are very active with parent involvement and send emails daily updating homework and materials, while other teachers do not follow up, even after multiple emails and phone calls have been made. I do like the FOCUS website where you can view all of your childs homework and test scores, but multiple times grades have been entered wrong and I've had to follow up with teachers to get it fixed. Its disappointing that I have to babysit the teachers. I am happy with the strictness of rules and that they are inforced, but I am disappointed with the culture of the school. I hear regularly of fights happening at school, my daughter complains about the constant vulgar language and my daughter was also offered drugs at school. Luckily she is smart and communicates openly with me so we solve those problems at home, but its still scary to think about what happens when she is there. I am not naive to believe that middle schoolers do not deal with the above mentioned, but it just seems like it happens more than usual at this school.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 30, 2011

    My child has been at BRMS for over a year. I'm happy with the teachers, surprised by the lack of homework, and unhappy with certain office staff. One of the AP's continues to prove the fact that he's an arrogant, self centered "person" with little regard for the students' happiness. The school nurse is rude and unbending with little regard for the well being of her charges. Generally, too little or inadequate information is given to the Parents.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 19, 2010

    I have a daughter in 6th grade and she has found the transition from elementary to middle school very easy with the staff and teachers at BRM. She enjoys the school very much and I am pleased with her teachers.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 21, 2010

    I am currently a sixth grader at Braden River. I am not to crazy about this school. There has been a lot of fights, and arguments. I just lost 4 of my best friends. From lies. Anybody could just walk in or out of the school anytime they want. The teachers dicipline you in front of all my peers. I might change schools.

    Submitted by a student

    November 8, 2009

    my daughter is in 8th grade, shes been there since 6th, and absoultly loves it! shes made lots of friends. made bonds with the teachers, and is challenged to work her hardest. I wouldn want her to have gone to any other school!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 23, 2009

    This is a great School I have 2 students there and for one it's her 3rd year, the principal it's always available and ready to solve your problem, the teachers are great very open. Most of the kids have parents that are involved and interested in their child academics develop. Actually I canno't ask for a better academic expierence for my children.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 20, 2009

    New to a fabulous placeto learn in all aspects of education & socialization. Thank you for all the hard work.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 29, 2009

    I'm a current 8th grader at BRMS. I love this school and I have attended it since 6th grade! By far Mr. Haskins, Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Eckelman, and Mrs. Donaldson have been my favorite! I feel much prepared to go onto high school! I am going to miss the staff very much! - Karley

    Submitted by a student

    November 16, 2008

    I really liked this school. It was a lot of fun and i had a lot of great teachers. Your kids will have fun for sure and love it. It definately prepares you for high school. I kinda feel like kids get exposed to alot of bad things tho too early, but i dont know if its like that at other middle schools too. The school didnt really watch the kids too much. I know i got away with alot of stuff and so did everyone else.Pretty bad stuff haha

    Submitted by a student

    July 8, 2008

    Excellent school!! I can't say enough good things about this school. It just so happens that I had a child here and one at haile middle school this year- brms blows haile away in everyway from the involved principle to the caring teachers right down to the active resource officer who made it a safe place to be! Thank you i'm looking forward to another great year 08/09!

    Submitted by a parent

    April 24, 2008

    i love this school. i went there for my 6th and 7th grade aand i loved it! i learned alot and cant beleive i had the experience of going there. the people are nice, the teachers are understanding, and i never went to a school like it.

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