BIRCHWOOD SCHOOL

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4400 W 140TH ST
CLEVELAND, OH 44135
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Phone: 216-251-2321
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Low
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 7:1
  • Students/Grade: 14.2
  • Number Students: 142
  • Number Teachers: 26
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Linda Brown
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (15 ratings)
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    School Reviews (14 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-22
    "My kids are in the BWS preschool and Kindergarten. We have been very happy. The teachers collaborate with the parents. The small class sizes mean that they know my children well and they focus on each child as an individual. I've been very happy with both the communal feel as well as the academics. I was worred at first that it would be too competitive or that somehow my children, who are capable but not gifted, would feel left behind. The exact opposite has been the case. My daughter is thrilled by her accomplishments and since her teachers praise each individual child for where (s)he is at, my daughter doesn't feel the difference between her successes and those of more "gifted" children. Instead, she's really flourishing, challenged and yet loved. Motivated and yet filled with a sense of accomplishment. The school is also phenomenally diverse! We had tried other preschools and were really disappointed. BWS' community and responsiveness has been phenomenal. I have never been asked to get a tutor or even had it suggested. Homework is entirely optional and is meant for those parents who want it. We do it when we can and otherwise we don't worry about it. All said, we are thrilled!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-11-12
    "I am very pleased with Birchwood. My son has been there since first grade and enjoys the school. I have always been impressed that although most of the teachers are from the same church, it is not brought to the classroom. The school is multi-cultural and I am glad my son can learn about other nationalities and religions by being friends with those families. The school makes a point of pushing kids to their own potential. Students don't sit in class waiting for the others to catch up, but are given work for their own level. Is it a perfect school? No, but what school is. It has been a very good environment for my son and I know that the skills and character traits he has learned will serve him well."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-11
    "Birchwood School is a daycare with an occasional lice problem. Very little learning is taking place there; the kids are simply handed down back to their parents to be homeschooled at the end of the day with enormous amount of homework. By the way the quality of the materials provided for homeschooling is poor and lacks consistency. Teachers are incompetent and rude to children and on occasion to their parents as well, which is not surprising considering the school hiring practices as indicated in previous posts. A particular group of parents and children is preferred over the others. Since very little learning is taking place at school parents are pressured by the school officials to take their children to private math tutors, so the kids could win prices for the school at competitions. The overall atmosphere at the school is very competitive in a negative way. Kids are not kind to each other. The school does not promote cooperation, but stepping over heads attitude in advanced students. The curriculum is mediocre, provincial mix suited to fit schools (not children) needs for filling up blanks during competitions."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-08-28
    "Great school, and I love going here... Although it's my last year here, I can tell you that going to this school has really built up my foundation for high school, and I feel really prepared. I recommend anyone who's looking for a great academic and social career to come here. There are always negatives and positives, but you will get the best treatment by the teachers, and there are so many opportunities available at this school!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-06-22
    "The education provided at Birchwood School is exceptional. Based on a review that I read, it may be true that the teachers are from a similar background. However, I think this is to be expected as the school was started by a small group of concerned parents and has grown within this same structure. I do not see favoritism though. I see education tailored to current strengths and children from various backgrounds prospering within this framework. The educational environment is challenging and it is a large departure from the educational climate at most public schools. The school utilizes a number of competitions but these are selected well by the staff. The students can focus on key studies and also participate in the contests which I view as fostering a sense of real world competitiveness and a sense of personal accomplishment. The competitions are recognized programs that complement the students skills in terms of problem solving, research and essay writing. This school promotes a caring environment with a exceptional teachers and an excellent curriculum."
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